Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WalletCard at the I. Miller Shoe Shop

The I. Miller Shoe Shop moved into this Times Square building in 1911, and in 1927 the facade underwent a grand overhaul, with four statues by Alexander Calder depicting four leading theatre stars of the time (Rosa Ponselle, Mary Pickford, Marilyn Miller and Ethel Barrymore). The top of the building had the bold proclamation "The Show Folks Shoe Shop Dedicated to Beauty in Footwear". Though the interior was gutted in a fire in 1959 and the building later became a Howard Johnson's, then a TGIF, and is now the clothing store Express, the old I. Miller facade lives on.

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