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post #16 of 21

French Shriner Shoe stopped manufacturing in the 60s.  United Shoe bought the name and brought in some really gross imports.  French Shriner had been manufacturing at 443 Albany Avenue, Boston until the City of Boston took the parking lot of the employees by eminent domain.

post #17 of 21
When I was young, the name "French Shriner" always suggested to me the image of a stereotypical Frenchman with a waxed mustache and an imperial goatee wearing the fez of the Nobles of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by mthurlow View Post

French Shriner Shoe stopped manufacturing in the 60s. 

Do you recall when in the 60's?

If you were in Boston in the 60's, do you know anything about the Esart Company? I know they were bought out by J&M and there is still a J&M store at the same address. These shoes were made by J&M for Esart and are some of the nicest vintage shoes I have




Edited by Dicky Dicardo - 3/24/14 at 10:18am
post #19 of 21

I have a small question on the shoe trees. I have 2 pair that French-Schriner-Urner stamped on the side. They have 915 stamped on the side and are tan in color. They do not have the company logo on the top of the handle that streches them out. My question is they all have 83 stamped on the top. What does it mean?

Beaukeeser

post #20 of 21
One way to tell the age of a French Shriner shoe is whether the full name is French Shriner & Urner or just French Shriner.  The "Urner" was dropped I believe sometime in the 1950s after Samual Urner died.  This company started manufacturing in the late 1800s in Rockland, MA.  Around 1900s. they built a factory on 63 Melcher Street .   They eventually moved their operations to 443 Albany Street in Boston where they continued manufacturing until the late 1960s.  The City of Boston then took the land which was used for parking for the workers by eminent domain and subsequently drove them out of business.  So much for Boston's "redevelopment" plan. 
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Thanks for that info which was what I suspected. I have a pair of spectators by them and have had other vintage shoes from the Urner era. Top shoes.


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