Red Goose Shoes - Friday, July 31, 2015

There are little gems hidden among the collections here at the American Treasure Tour.  We know you know that, but we are occasionally surprised by some of them.  Today, the blog is going to focus on a somewhat understated advertisement for Red Goose Shoes located in the Toy Box.  Some of us are not very savvy on the history of footwear, so it came as a surprise to discover the significance of Red Goose.

The Gieseke-D'Oench-Hayes Shoe Company was established in St. Louis, Missouri during 1869 - a perfect time to take advantage of migrants travelling through the "Gateway to the West."  The name Gieseke loosely translates to 'goose,' so the bird became a symbol of the company.  And during the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, employees of the shoe company inexplicably painted the geese on the packing crates red, and the most famous St. Louis-based 19th century shoe producer became Red Goose.  Seven years later, Red Goose was bought out by the International Shoe Company, then Interco, which bought out Florsheim Shoes in 1953.  By 1980, they diversified into furniture when they purchased Ethan Allen, and completely abandoned the shoe market in 1984.  From protecting the feet of weary travelers to their friendly, silly sign, Red Goose existed to make people happy.
QUESTION:  The Florsheim Shoe Company has gone through its own dramas over the years. What is the name of the company that currently owns the name?
A)  Florsheim
B)  Red Goose
C)  Weyco
D)  Thom McCan

GET THE GOLD!  It was only three years ago that American swimmer Michael Phelps broke all Olympic records by winning twenty-two medals including eighteen golds.  Today is the anniversary of his greatest achievement.  This after a long and distinguished career as a world-class swimmer and prior to his self-imposed "retirement" from swimming.  Since then, he has returned to the water.  Oh yeah, and he just turned thirty last month.

YOU RANG?  Today we celebrate the birth of one of America's biggest actors - and by big we mean tall.  Ted Cassidy was born in 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved around a lot before finding a niche for himself on television.  The 6'9" man with the deep voice and more than a proficiency at playing the organ was often cast as space aliens, but his greatest fame came as the character Lurch in The Addams Family, which aired from 1964 to 1966.  He died at the age of 46 following a heart surgery, but his legacy lives on with his classic two word line:  "You rang?"

QUOTE:  I am still waiting for the one role I will have pride in and want to be associated with down the years. - Ted Cassidy

ANSWER:  C)  Weyco Group.  A nod to answer A), though, Weyco is run by two descendants of the Florsheim company - Thomas W. Florsheim, Jr. and John W. Florsheim.