Necessities and pleasures, these items representing daily life range from a shoe-button hook for a high top boot (middle row, left) to a Prince Albert tobacco can, to a harmonica reed (bottom row, right). They hold temporal information as well. The leather sole, center, was made to fit the left foot. Prior to the Civil War, shoes were universal in cut and could be worn on either foot. The Prince Albert tobacco can holds a more obvious clue, marked as "Process Patented Since 1907." Photo by Elizabeth Andrews.
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