I saw these on eBay with this as the description:
Wedding shoes of Anna Bush Widman 1868 – 1964. A wonderful grandma who if she were here today she would say, “June, sell them or send them to a museum..”
Q: Yum! More photos! Especially of the bottoms of the soles. And more about Grandma Widman. At least what year did she get married? These are clearly really old – that french heel is totally pre-1900. Thanks for listing these. Mar-29-14
And the seller wrote back:
A: I am sending more pictures.. Grandma Widman came to America as a 6 month old baby from Germany- maiden name Bush. I don’t know when she was married but my mother was born in 1896. She was widowed at 49 yrs. and supported herself and two girls by cleaning houses for other women. (no S. S.) She lived to be 96 and I loved her dearly. Now I am a grandmother… where did the time go?
A little detective work:
If Grandma Widman was born in 1868.
She would have been 16-26 (marry in’ age) in 1884-1894.
Which would put her wedding, most likely, during one of those years. Probably before 1896 when her daughter was born.
It’s so much fun to find a shoe with a story!
Grandma Widman: You made it to the internet!! You are now immortal : )
Images from an eBay auction.