The lovely gold-embossed illustrations were from an unlikely source: a company that manufactured rubber boots! This calendar was compliments of Enterprise Rubber Company, 207 Congress Street, Boston. On the back of these lovely pictures are discussions of mortality statistics -- with emphasis on consumption and pneumonia -- and the importance of dry feet. And speaking of unlikely, one of the models in the triptych is a gold miner... a 111-year-old precursor to modern-day calendars featuring photos of hunky firemen?
My favorite quotes from this amazing calendar:
"The rubber shoe is almost the humblest article in the human wardrobe; and at the same time, it is one of the greatest life preservers of our modern civilization." Zion's Herald
"When Goodyear discovered how to make rubbers, human longevity took a great bound forward." Popular Science
Here are the images without the borders and dates.
Wishing you dry feet and a long, healthy life!