Skip to main content

Heart And Sole

June 2024
1min read

August 28, 1915, was Lillian Anthony’s last day of work as a bookkeeper at the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, in Beverly, -Massachusetts. She was leaving, her daughter-in-law, Shirley N. Boothroyd, explains, to marry Frank Boothroyd, an electrician for United Shoe, and her co-workers had prepared a party for her. Lillian bears a dusting of confetti, and the workaday oak desk is festive with gifts, among them a most prescient one, a pair of identical china dolls.

 
1998_7_112

August 28, 1915, was Lillian Anthony’s last day of work as a bookkeeper at the United Shoe Machinery Corporation, in Beverly, -Massachusetts. She was leaving, her daughter-in-law, Shirley N. Boothroyd, explains, to marry Frank Boothroyd, an electrician for United Shoe, and her co-workers had prepared a party for her. Lillian bears a dusting of confetti, and the workaday oak desk is festive with gifts, among them a most prescient one, a pair of identical china dolls. “In 1922 Lillian gave birth to twin sons, Harold and Howard,” Mrs. Boothroyd reports. The boys graduated from college in mechanical engineering, and both worked, as their father and grandfather had, for United Shoe. The china set survives to this day; it was used only for special occasions, as it still is. The dolls are gone, as, of course, is the emblematic battered shoe dangling there before all that nuptial splendor—and the factory itself, which, Mrs. Boothroyd writes, “employed three generations of Boothroyds and is now only a memory.”

We continue to ask our readers to send unusual and unpublishe, old photographs to Carla Davidson at American Heritage, Forbes Building, 60 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 1OO11. Please send a copy of any irreplaceable materials, include return postage and do not mail glass negatives. We will pay one hundred dollars for each one that is run.

 

Enjoy our work? Help us keep going.

Now in its 75th year, American Heritage relies on contributions from readers like you to survive. You can support this magazine of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it by donating today.

Donate