I am sorry to report that the eldest living person in the Banister Shoe family, my father, has died. He posted to this forum a couple of years ago under the moniker, "ABanister5." His name was Arthur Williams (with an "s") Banister. He was born on January 7, 1928 in Springfield, Missouri. He died suddenly on June 14, 2014. As the family comes to terms with the passing of this incredible man, we try to find comfort wherever we can. For me, it means keeping the Banister Shoe legacy alive. I have been collecting memorabilia for about ten years now. Recently, I located the oldest pair of Banister shoes yet found. A wonderful eBay seller shared them with our family by listing them. (Thank you so much, Donna!) I'm delighted to have found these Victorian-era shoes, which are estimated to be from the early 1900's. Below, is a link:
It is heart-warming to see so many people from around the world showing interest in these vintage shoes. I hope to honor my father by keeping the Banister Shoe legacy alive. If you would like to reach me, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have just secured the BanisterShoes.org website, and hope to build it up over time. Until then, many thanks to all of you who have posted here and have purchased Banister Shoes. I'm very proud to be a member of this wonderful family.
Great-great granddaughter of James A. Banister, Master Cobbler