And There's More Than Just the Shoes!


0ver the past three years or so, this series has concentrated on collecting pitching style horseshoes. Some mention has been made to keeping an eye out for old wooden horseshoe boxes, tournament medallions and rules brochures that accompanied the sale of a new pair or set of pitching shoes. The old brochures are becoming more and more interesting and actually could be a collection item all on their own. Several have now turned up and in each case provide considerable information about the shoes, or the various models by that manufacturer and serve much help in dating shoes. Most of the older brochure are real links back to our history, as most have pictures of named players endorsing their product and provide information about the state of the game at that time.

experts, this brochure has an excellent pitcher of Iowa's hero-Frank Lundin.

The Putt Mossman brochure dates to 1928 and is a masterpiece of information. The brochure boasts a picture of Mossman in action, right on the cover, followed by some interesting dialog which moved on into a very thorough description of how to pitch horseshoes. This brochure has two pages of individual endorsements, the final entry shown just above the picture of the Mossman shoe.

Two old brochures are featured in this issue. The older bro- chure is by National Standard prior to receiving approval of its patent, which dates this brochure prior to April 1923. Besides providing the rules of horseshoe pitching and some pitching tips by that day's

Over the next few issues, we will look at some more rules brochures, but in the meantime, if you have an old brochure, please get in touch with me or simply mail a photocopy of the entire brochure. It may be the subject of one of the articles.


   I wish to express a big thank you to the North Dakota hosts of World Tournament 2000, for the warm reception and generous support throughout my stay and time spent in displaying my antique horseshoe collection. The shoe display drew great attention and nearly continuous visitors. The many compliments by those viewing were certainly appreciated as well as the shoes donated for the NHPA collection and the shoes provided to my display. World Tournament 2000 was truly a great experience.

   Each year members bringing in new finds enhance our research and documentation. This year the primary new knowledge is the multiple military issues of shoes during WWII. Diamond Double Ringers seem to be the main model that bears a U.S., U.S.N. or a U.S. Navy mark.

   Lee Wallace of Oregon provided for display, several shoes that were in addition to the specimens in my display. Among those shoes was two of particular interest. First, a White House shoe made in Independence, MO during the administration of Harry Truman, who was known as a horseshoe-pitching enthusiast. Also, Lee displayed a redesigned Mossman shoe that never achieved being placed on the market for sale. There are only four known to be in existence.

   Here are acknowledgment and appreciation to those donating shoes to the NHPA collection: To Mr. amp; Mrs. Del Karsjens, Minnesota, for donating a pair of military issue Diamond Double Ringers. The shoes are marked U.S.N. right with the logo. To David Garen, Florida, for donating a shoe made by Erie Tool. The shoe is very unusual and must have been produced for a company picnic for on the points, rather than an A or B, the shoe is marked Ed and Bob. To Bob Jolley, Florida, for donating a U.S.A. made Franklin shoe. To Ed Arionus, Texas, for donating an old hookless Allith shoe.