Beautifully engraved certificate from Goodyear's Metallic Rubber Shoe Company issued in 1884. This historic document was printed by Arthur & Burnet and has an
ornate border around it with a vignettes of an indian woman, an eagle and a dog. This item is hand signed by the Company's Treasurer ( George Lomis ) and Secretary ( E. A. Saunders ) and is over 120 years old.
The first rubber soled shoes were developed and manufactured in the United States in the late 1800s. In 1892, nine small rubber manufacturing companies consolidated to form the U.S. Rubber Company. Among them was the Goodyear Metallic Rubber Shoe Company, organized in the 1840s in Naugatuck, Connecticut. This company was the first licensee of a new manufacturing process called vulcanization, discovered and patented by Charles Goodyear. Vulcanization uses heat to meld rubber to cloth or other rubber components for a sturdier, more permanent bond. Before vulcanization, glue or cement was used in a cold sealing process. From the beginning, rubber soled shoes with canvas uppers filled a definite consumer need and were highly popular.
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