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Small Shoe, 1882. Big Shoe, 1926. | by Alan Mays
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Small Shoe, 1882. Big Shoe, 1926.

When I purchased this unused real photo postcard at a postcard show a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a straightforward matter to determine whose shoes these were.


My first thought was that they belonged to someone like Robert Wadlow (1918-1940), who at 8 feet 11.1 inches "was the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence." And, in fact, Wadlow's shoes as pictured on the Giant Shoes page (part of The Tallest Man) do seem similar to the larger one shown in the card above.


But since Wadlow was born in 1918, the smaller shoe from 1882 couldn't be his, and the larger shoe from 1926 dates to when Wadlow was 8 years old. Surely he wasn't wearing shoes that large at such a young age!


So, has anyone else seen anything similar to this? Any ideas for further investigation would be gratefully received.

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Taken on July 12, 2012