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Business Card - Wolfe Shoes

Business Card - Wolfe Shoes


An especially attractive business card.

Wolfe Shoe M’f’g Co., Cor. Hall and Court Sts., Allentown, PA.

“Best Custom Make.”

Manufacturers of Ladies’, Misses’, Children’s, Boys’ and Youths’ Fine Shoes, Hand Turns, Hand Welts, McKay Flexible.

F.C. Wolfe. G.F. Wolfe.

There are penciled notes on the back, dated Aug. 29, 1890

 According to his obituary notice in The Allentown Democrat on March 10, 1909:  George F. Wolfe was the senior member of the Wolfe Shoe Manufacturing Company. He came to America from Germany at age 16 (in 1853) “and after a short residence in New York City when to Philadelphia, where he was engaged in the shoe making business. Subsequently he moved to Allentown, where he was employed in shoe factories and in 1863 he went to Catasauqua where he opened at shoe factory at Lower Front street. This store was conducted in his name up to his death. Seventeen years ago he returned to Allentown [1892] and opened a shoe factory at corner Hall and Court streets, having a partner in the late Wilson Muschlitz. After the latter’s death he became the sole owner and did business under the name of the Wolfe Shoe Mfg. Co. His sons were associated with him in the business, but he remained the senior partner up to his death.”

His sons were Frank C., Charles F. and Samuel T.  The business card names only Frank C. along with George F.

Condition: Excellent. Red ink writing at top front corners. Back is blank except for the penciled notes. Size 4.5 x 2.5 inches.


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