Beautifully engraved certificate from the Converse Rubber Shoe Company
issued in 1922. This historic document was printed by Columbian Bank Note and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of eagle standing on a shield. This item is hand signed by the Company's President and is over 87 years old.
Marquis M. Converse started the "Converse Rubber Shoe Company" in 1908. Over ninety years later, the brand continues as a presence in the athletic shoe business.
1908 - The "Converse Rubber Shoe Company" opens for business.
1910 – Converse produces 4,000 shoes daily
1915 – Converse canvas tennis shoe business climbs, doubling by 1918
1917 - The first version of the sneaker now known as the "All Star" enters production.
1918 – Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor, an All American high school player who would later suit up with the
original Celtics, Buffalo Germans and Akron Firestones, puts on his first pair of All Star shoes
1921 - Charles H. Taylor ("Chuck") hires on as a salesman and endorser.
1923 - The "Chuck Taylor" signature added to the All Star basketball shoe.
1935 - The "Jack Purcell" sneaker introduced by B. F. Goodrich... later to become a Converse product.
1966 - Converse starts adding color choices to the basic black and white "Chuck Taylor" All Star basketball shoe.
1970 - The suede "One Star" comes out.