: Caption reads: "Williams Shoe Co. Portsmouth. Credit Line - Mumm Bomer Robbins and Pearson."
Williams Manufacturing Company in Portsmouth had been small, specializing in low-cost footwear, until it began expanding during the Great Depression, as many people could not afford higher quality shoes. The discount shoe industry continued to grow, and they eventually purchased the Old Selby Factory building in 1957. They continued to make ‘cheap’ shoes, until the company found it increasingly difficult to compete in a globalized market, and were forced to close in 1976. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B08F01_008_001 Subjects
: Williams Manufacturing Co.; Shoes--United States; Industries--Ohio Places
: Portsmouth (Ohio); Scioto County (Ohio)