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Printer's Proof Sheet- Two Shoes, 1930s-1950s Document Reg. No: HT 17132

These two black and white drawn printer's proof sheets illustrate Stanio Fancoff's women's basketweave shoe range. Created sometime between the 1930s and 1950s, these proof sheets were most likely used for an advertising leaflet, announcing Stanio's expert skill, diversity but also the attention to detail installed within his shoemaking craft.

Stanio Ivanoff Fancoff was born in 1908 in Bojentsi, a small village in Bulgaria. At age 11, Stanio left home to learn the shoemaking trade. In 1929, he immigrated to Melbourne, settled in Fitzroy and began to work for the V.G. Zemancheff & Sons basket shoe factory in South Melbourne. In1936, he married Dorotea Georgi Touzou who had recently arrived in Australia. Around this time, Stanio set up his own shoemaking business from home, with Georgi, her cousin and sister weaving the shoes which he then assembled. Select shoe samples were then taken to Sydney and Tasmania for sale. In 1942, Georgi and Stanio moved to Broken Hill for Georgi's health; there daughter Nancy was born and Stanio set up a shoe shop/factory. In 1945, Georgi died and by 1950 Stanio and Nancy had moved to Adelaide where he again opened a shoemaking business and shop. He passed away in 1978, having been in the shoemaking business for 59 years. This collection documents his migration and working life experiences.
Placed on a light brown cardboard in a vertical lined format are two women's basketweave shoe image cutouts. These two dimensional detailed drawing cutouts are illustrated from a 45 degree upper viewpoint on a white/grey background. Although drawn in black and white, commonly each drawing illustrates the shoe's toe pointing to the right and details the basketweave's different styles and material variations. The top, first shoe is an enclosed style with a fastening device of three leather tabs drawn together with black thread. The second, bottom positioned shoe is semi enclosed shoe, in which the heel and ankle, as is the toe and vamp are enclosed, with the mid-foot section left open and tied within a cross-strap by a ribbon. The upper left hand cardboard corner appears in a different tone to its counterpart, suggesting possible water damage and it has an additional slice of approximately 1cm located on the right hand edge midway. The object's reverse illustrates two oval shaped S.Fancoff stamps and two inscriptions of "2216", plus pencilled hand-written inscription.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Nancy Vasileff, 2207
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 235 mm (Height), 142 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: boot shoemaking, bulgarian communities, bulgarian immigration, immigration, small businesses
Themes this item is part of: Stanio Fancoff, Bulgarian Migrant & Shoe Maker, 1929, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: Reverse, hand written, cursive script, pencil: Wed. 4PM
Reverse, stamped, black ink: HANDMADE / S.FANCOFF / BASKET SHOES
Reverse, printed, black ink: 2216
Past Owner or User: Mr Stanio Fancoff, Australia, 1930s-1950s
References: R.A. Salaman, 'Dictionary of Leather-working Tools c.1700-1950 and Tools of Allied Trades,' London: George Allen and Unwin (Publishers) Ltd, 1986 [Section 2: Boot and Shoe Maker pp18-185].
John Peacock. 'Shoes, The Complete Sourcebook,' London:Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2005.
NAA holds file (online) on Vasil George Zemancheff, Fancoff's employer

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