Vintage Selz Shoe calendars

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2015-06-26 10:33:50

Vintage Selz Shoe calendars were collectible calendars produced by the US-based Selz Shoe company. According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Background

The calendars were produced between around 1918 until around 1930. A yard in length, each calendar featured a depiction of a woman wearing a pair of Selz Shoes.

Each year’s calendar was designed by a different artist and signed at the bottom.

German-born Morris Selz established M Selz & Co in 1871 in Chicago. It changed its name to Selz, Schwab & Co in 1878 when Charles H Schwab came on board.

By the beginning of the 20th century the company was employing around 1,500 staff at factories throughout northern Illinois, manufacturing around 12,000 items of footwear every day.

The company closed when the Great Depression of the 1930s took its toll.

How much are vintage Selz Shoe calendars worth?

The average price for good condition calendars is around $300 although particularly desirable examples can achieve more than $800.

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