Vintage Abercrombie and Fitch Co. Snowshoes
c. 1920's - 30's, 20th century
Wood, Babiche, Metal (nails)
41 8/16"l x 11 14/16"w x 1 11/16" (upturned toe)
© Vintage Winter
A hard to find set of Abercrombie and Fitch Co. New York Snowshoes with their original brass tags. They are in excellent condition with a wonderful golden alligator patina.
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.