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Collectors: Here's Your Chance to Expand Your Collection

   

This series was initiated to enhance the hobby of collecting antique pitching shoes by NHPA members. Now it has come to view that some charters are even into the sport of collecting and maintain charter museum displays. This is a tremendous development and sets a marvelous example for all other charters. This issue features the collection of the Oregon Horseshoe Pitchers Association under the direction of Lee Wallace.

Lee also has some shoes that he has acquired that can be offered in trade, so you SHOE TRADERS can also contact Lee directly regarding these shoes. Lee is looking for any old shoes not listed above, but especially Isaacs, Betson, C.C. Davis, Detroit Flyer, Lucky Ringer, Martins and Mossman. Available for trade: Leaders, Diamond Official, Standard, Blue Diamond, Eagle Ringer, Double Ringer, Royal, Wonder, Champ, Ringer, Big Buck, Sportcraft and Competitor.

TRADER NOTES


  • Since this series began, the NHPA collection has gained some new shoes: Diamond Double Ringer (dated 1945), bookless Double Ringer, Blue Diamond, Giant Grip Champion, Leader, Champ, Eagle Ringer, Ringer, Royal and Top Ringer. If you have a donation for the NHPA archives contact Earl Winston.
  • Wm. Weis" of Columbus, Ohio, had a pitching shoe ad in 1920. It was not a picture ad, so it is not known if these shoes carried a brand mark or not. Should anyone have information of Wm. Weis, please forward that on so the information can be shared.
  • In 1922, the Lucky Ringer Company of St. Louis, MO, manufactured the Lucky Ringer shoe. They were an incredible model for the brand name covered the entire top side of the shoe. No Lucky Ringers have been announced in collection, to this point anyhow. Does anyone have a Lucky Ringer shoe?

OREGON’S COLLECTION


Oregon may have been one of the first charters to begin a pitching shoe collection. Lee Wallace approached the charter’s membership with the idea in 1990. By 1991, Frank and Clara Moan donated a 19’ travel trailer. Members joined together to gut out the trailer, constructed cabinets and converted it into a traveling showcase of the charter’s and our sport’s history. Bill Graham, OHPA vice president, and Lee Wallace serve as co-curators. The trailer now travels to numerous tournaments. No fee is charged to visit the display. Donations have so far covered the costs and the donations of exhibit items has been remarkable, according to Wallace.

The museum contains more than 200 shoes, representing 56 different models, old trophies, tournament posters, patches, various memorabilia and, of course. Hall of Fame plaques. Each club has an album to which pictures are added each year.

The Oregon collection includes many wonderful finds. A list follows. If you have some shoes that add to their collection and wish to donate to their cause, contact Lee Wallace, 505 S.E. Hawthorne Ave., Dallas, OR 97338.

Hookless

Allith
Blue Diamond
Diamond Official
Diamond Jr.
Double Ringer
Good Luck
Leader
Mont. Wards
Natl. Standard
Octigon
Ohio
Sears
Standard
Star
Sure Ringer
Tournament

Allith
Billard
Diamond Jr.
Double Ringer
Eagle Ringer
Good Luck
Gordon
Giant Grip
Health Guardian
HealthWays
Hensley
Hercules
J.C. Higgens
Lattore
T.J. Octigon
Ohio
Phoenix
Pro Shot
Ringer
Roberts
Royal
Spaulding
Sure Ringer
Top Ringer
Wonder
Modern

Alien
Clydesdale
D&B
Durham
Easy Grip
Esco
Greeot
Gordon
Hugger
Imperial
M&M
Norwegian
Ohio
Ohio Pro
Steinfeldt
Too Dead