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Object Name Boot
Object ID 2014.23.7a-b
Date 1970s
Description White patent leather boots; black thick 2" heel. Heel and sole in one piece. Squared toe. Lower half of shoe and shaft are separate pieces. Seams are accentuated front and back along the lower portion edge. Zipper closure 14.5"; at top of boot is outer leg strap and round silver buckle. No labels, heel stamped "Japan"
Provenance Transfer from the Rebecca Maude Owens Historic Clothing Collection from Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley Apparel and Textiles Program (3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, MO). This collection is now defunct, and the contact person no longer at the institution.

Rebecca Maude Owens, or Becky, as she was known at Penn Valley, was a respected educator and faculty leader at Penn Valley for over 30 years. In her attempt to bring history and historic costume alive for her students, Becky developed a collection of mostly 20th century apparel, with careful focus on how prevailing fashions of hte day would have been intepreted by Midwestern men, women, and children. Upon her retirement in 2007, she donated her considerable personal collection to the MCC-Penn Valley program for continued education and inspiration. In 2010, this collection was the recipient of the CSA Angels grant and workshop, resulting in catalouging, photographing, cleaning, and storing of over 400 pieces of the collection. The work has continued as part of student efforts in the 20th Century Costume History class, as well as considerable efforts from numerous volunteers [Source of this information: Sheryl A. Farnan, Program Coordinator, Apparel and Textiles Program, Metropolitan Community College--Penn Valley]