Vintage Abercrombie and Fitch Co. Snowshoes
c. 1920's - 30's, 20th century
Wood, Babiche, Metal (nails)
41.75"l x 11.75"w x 1"h
© Vintage Winter
A hard to find set of Abercrombie and Fitch Co. Snowshoes with their original brass tags. A wonderful dark patina that only comes with age.
During the first half of the 20th century Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
was the definitive store for America's sporting elite, outfitting
big-game hunters, fishermen, and other adventurers. In 1917 Abercrombie & Fitch moved into a 12-story building on
Madison Avenue at East 45th Street, a location the advertising
department described as "Where the Blazed Trail Crosses the Boulevard."
It included a luxuriously furnished log cabin that Fitch made his town
house, with an adjoining casting pool.
By this time Abercrombie & Fitch's reputation as purveyor to the
sporting elite already was well established. It had equipped Theodore
Roosevelt for an African safari and also outfitted, or was soon going to
outfit, polar expeditions led by Roald Amundsen and Admiral Richard
Byrd and flights made by Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Every
president from Roosevelt to Gerald Ford eventually would buy something
from the store.
Queen of the Snow