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Shoe Pattern Piece, Boot Pattern, 1930s-1970s Object Reg. No: HT 17138

Summary:
This hand-cut flat soled mid-calf ankle boot pattern has been created on brown paper and its simple generic design suggests that it was most likely used by Stanio Fancoff within the making of his various styled boots sometime between the 1930s to 1970s. Amongst many others, this pattern is part of the shoemaking designer kit that enabled Stanio to acquire versatility and different fashions within his shoemaking trade.

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.
Description:
Created within a side-view perspective, this simple boot design with its paper extended toe has been generated on brown paper. This pattern has limited pencil markings, the first parallels the upper arch, the second marks a placement approximately 1cm from the front top line edge and on the reverse, at the calf's midway point is a horizontal line runs the boot throat's width. Aligning this pattern so that it stands upon its frontal area, it would appear that this pattern references only the upper boot portion without its inserted heel.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Nancy Vasileff, 2207
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 285 mm (Height), 335 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
Maker: Mr Stanio Fancoff, Australia, 1930s
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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