New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A9977
A worker finishes a shoe by fitting it onto a model foot at the Endicott Johnson Plant in Endicott, New York, 1917.
What do you think the heel was made of?
How do you think the heel was attached?
What advantage does an assembly line like this one have?
Do these men need to have fewer or more skills than a man who makes the whole boot from start to finish?
Create a visual timeline about how shoes have evolved. Research how shoes are made today.
Math: Pretend the Endicott Johnson Factory produced 3,261 shoes in 1908, 3,390 shoes in 1909, 3,176 in 1910, and 3,250 in 1911. Make a graph of the production.
Science: Why is leather a good material for making shoes?
English Language Arts: Create a chart that shows the process of making a shoe. Make an original shoe design and create advertisements for it.
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