Norwich, CT: George W. Kies, Dealer in all kinds of Boots and Shoes, and Rubbers, [nd but later half of 1800s]. Printed illustrated handbill (142 x 217 mm), printed recto and verso on thin paper stock resulting in ghosting from recto to verso and reverse. Fine. Item #WRCLIT82908
An advertising handbill for the Kies shoe shop, highlighting their Cable Screw Wire Shoes. One side of the handbill includes an 11 x 6 cm. pictorial inset of a brutally caricatured African American field worker and an emaciated mule rigged to a setup that attempts to pull apart a shoe about the size of the mule, captioned "I'se bound to rip dat Cable Screw Wire or bust a flue un dat thousand dollar muel." The verso is taken up with an image of a cart and driver drawn by two horses hauling a vastly oversize boot.