Albert Straus Co.
Isaac S. Strauss Co. Men's Clothing 22-24 W. Pearl St.
J. Brown Loveland M. & E. Sander J. C. Harris Tailor
22 E. Seventh Street 242 East 5th Street
Suhre's Tailors 24 West 7th St.
Fogel's Ladies Outfitters some luggage to carry the clothes in A. E. Tufts, The New Store
231-236 W 5th St. King's Mills
Large postcard of L. E. Hays tailors Roy Tailors Factory The Cincinnati Cloak & Suit Co.
205 W. 4th St. 11th floor 21 W. 3rd St. 316 Race Street
Sanford, Storrs & Varner 3rd & Race Sts.
The sheet above is folded up and placed inside the pants of the card on the left. The 2nd image is a newspaper drawing of A. L. Sanford. The next item is an ad and the last two are early illustrations of their building.
Sanford, Varner & Co. Salesman Card
The items above are obviously related to the company above. The 2nd card was written by Sanford Varner & Co. to a person requesting some design ideas for their next line of clothing.
The Storrs-Schaefer Co. Salesman cards
This company may be related to the Sanford, Storrs & Varner cards above? Could they also be related to the Schaefer cards on the 1st page? The 2nd card shows a person who might be hanging posters like the one he is showing.
The Children's Shop. Andrews Building at 5th and Race. Suite 205 & 207 second floor.
M. R. Sanders & Sons Inc. Oppenheimer-Seasongood Guiterman & Co.
133-135 West 4th Street
Milton Ochs & Co. 708 Walnut St.
#4 of a set.
The Dunlap Clothes Shop-421 Vine Street
Julian & Kokenge Shoes W. A. Julian
The 1st non-postcard image above shows the right side of the 2nd, postcard image. The building was located on 4th St. across the street from Lytle Park.
Hoffner & Delaney Sts. Cumminsville Scheiffele Shoe Co.
Mohawk Shoe Store. Wolf Bros. & Co.
2014 Mohawk Place 111-113 W. 5th St.
The Holters Shoe Co. 418 Sycamore St. Not a Postcard
UNITED STATES SHOE CORPORATION
Red cross Shoes (no affiliation with the Red Cross) was originally
established in 1891 by Irwin Krohn. He joined with Samuel Fechheimer to form the
Krohn-Fechheimer Shoe Co. in 1896. The name "Red Cross"
originated with a merchant by the name of Cross, who had red hair. and who
christened his ketchup Red Cross. This name became popular and was used by
several different products. Another shoe competitor was the Stern-Auer Shoe Co.
These two companies and others in the Cincinnati area began to suffer economically
after WW I. The boom years during the war gave way to economic
recession and inflation. The high top shoes for women in vogue for years
had gone out of style. In 1921 a 6 month strike in the shoe industry stymied all
efforts to fix the problem. A local industrialist, Lewis S. Rosenthal, proposed
the idea of merging eight Cincinnati Shoe companies, including the Stern-Auer
Shoe Co., into the United States Shoe Company. This was done, Red Cross shoes
were still popular and the economy had begun to recover.
The new company started out foundering due to poor marketing. By 1929 the company was on the verge of collapse when Stern-Auer came to the rescue. Seeing the popularity of the Krohn-Fechheimer Red Cross shoes, they proposed a merger with the United States Shoe Co. but only if Stern-Auer could be in charge of marketing the Red Cross brand. The new company would be known as the United States Shoe Corporation.
Negotiations dragged on until 1931 when agreement was made and Joseph S. Stern Sr. became president of the new company. They reduced the price for Red Cross shoes from $10 to $6 and sales skyrocketed. Production went from 600 pairs a day to 3,000 pairs a day by 1933. By 1939 the Red Cross brand had become the most popular shoe in the nation. A advertisement in Life magazine in 1940 stated the Cincinnati shoe plant below had 1800 people making the Red Cross shoe.
Red Cross Shoe plant 1558 Herald Ave. Madisonville
During WWII the name Red Cross Shoes temporarily became Gold Cross Shoes. The corporation has greatly expanded over the years and now own brands other then shoes, they own Lens Crafters for instance.
Plant In Gold Cross Days
Red Cross Shoes Gold Cross Shoes
(Read round emblem on cards)
Generic card for Cincinnati shoes Ground Gripper-Cantilever
Shoe Store. 15 E. 4th St.
John Gates & Co. The Charles Meis Shoe Co.
The 1st image above is a salesman "calling card" for the John Gates & Co. A wholesaler in shoes and rubbers located at 22-24 East Pearl Street. The front of the card shows a common view of the Suspension Bridge so I will not bother to put up an image of it. The 2nd card is a salesman card for the Charles Meis Show Co. located at 512 Vine Street. The last non-postcard image is of their store located at 806 Walnut Street.
The Krippendorf-Dittmann Co.
The Krippendorf-Dittmann were shoe manufacturers that were located on the N.E. corner of Sycamore and New Sts. (Between 6th & 7th Streets). The last two images are photographs.
Peter Buschmann Shoes
3941 Spring Grove Ave.
Pietzuch's Shoe Store. 2nd Floor 430 Main Street The Mann & Longini Shoe Co.
310 Vine Street
Health Spot Shoe Shop 710 Race Street
*Thanks to Scott Kabakoff
Sewing Products Co.
THE RUPP & WITTGENFELD COMPANY
Salesman's Card 127 E. 8th St. Factory
The Rupp & Wittgenfeld Co. was a major supplier of leather and leather supplies. The company had 3 locations over the years. They began in the 1880's at 646 Main St., they then moved to the building you see above in 1911. The company disappears from the city directories from 1914-1915 and then re-appears in 1916 at 304 Main. When they closed for good I do not know.