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19th Century German Shoemakers

KILO NOVEMBER

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Can anyone point me in the right direction to learn how German shoemakers learned their trade in the 19th Century? My great-grandfather came to the U.S. in 1859 and was an established shoemaker in Pittsburgh within a few years. I figure he must have apprenticed as a boy by way of learning the trade. At that point, Germany was a kind of mini-Europe with lots of local sovereigns and variations in culture and economics, but sharing a language and culture.

I know of several German members and one or more of you is likely to be a history buff with an interest in shoes.

My great-grandfather was from Hesse-Darmstadt, if that is any help in tracking down the economic and social history I'm trying to learn.

Thank you for any guidance you can provide, and my apologies, as 19th Germany is a little far afield from what TFL generally deals with.
 

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