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Catalog Number 2008.6.1
Object Name Galosh
Other Name Large Copperized Overshoe
Description Overshoe encased in copper colored metallic paint. According to HHS Historian Kay Johnson, "labels says from Apsley maybe. I doubt it because Apsley [would have made them in 1905] and this overshoe [is from] 1950 or later. This mold was probably used as advertising outdoors and was bolted to a sign or display. The actual oveshoe would be constructed of a sturdy fabric, with seams cemented, then dipped into a liquid rubber so that it was waterproof. At the top, the gusset flap would be folded over to assure a tight fit so no snow would get in. It would be secured by an elasticized cord loop stapled to the flap and looped around a button. This heavy cast metal model has been spray painted with a copper colored metallic paint, which means it would not have been made by Apsley as spray painting had not yet been invented when that plant was still producing overshoes."
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Esther Whitcomb