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updated 15 November 2016
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428 Asylum St., Hartford, CT.

DESCRIPTION  (OCR text may contain errors)
A. M. DANIELS. Water-Proof Insoles for Boats and Shoes.
No. 195,886. Patented Oct91877.
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Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 195,886, dated October 91877 application filed August 31, 1877.
To all whom 'it'may concern:

Be it known that I, AARON M. [Daniels], of Hartford, in the county of Hartford and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Insoles; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, whereby a person skilled in the art can make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, and to the letters of reference marked thereon.
Like letters in the figures indicate the same parts.

My improvement relates to insoles, such as are usually placed in boots and shoes to protect the feet of the wearer from dampness.

Its object is to provide an insole that shall be water-proof, and at the same time adhere firmly to the sole of the boot or shoe, in which it is placed readily and without trouble to the purchaser.
My invention consists in coating the under side of the insole with a water-proof prepara tion, which has also the property of partially melting by the warmth of the foot, so as to cause it to adhere to the sole of the boot or shoe after it has been once worn.

In the accompanying drawing, Figure 1 shows a top view, and Fig. 2 shows a side view, of my improved insole.
A is the main body of the insole, which is made of felt, of the kind ordinarily used for this purpose. Upon the under side of this is spread a layer, B, of water-proof cementing material, composed of pulverized rosin, mixed with sufficient adhesive substance to allow of its being spread upon and form a coating upon the under side of the felt. The mixture that I have found most convenient for this purpose is equal parts of powdered rosin and common flour paste; but the exact proportions are not material. The principal ingredient is the rosin, which forms the base of the water-proof attaching-cement, the paste or other adhesive substance only forming a vehicle for distribu ting and retaining the rosin upon the felt until such a time as it may be placed in a shoe for use.

What I claim as my invention is An improved article of manufacture, consisting of an insole provided upon its under or attaching surface with a coating of cement or other suitable substance, adapted,by means of the warmth of the foot, to adhere to the sole of the boot or shoe, substanti. lly as set forth.


Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/142

Though #61 Bank St. has disappeared, this April 2012 Google Street View shows this area of Waterbury still has some of its 19th century character.

A 1905 postcard shows how the area has changed. L.S. Hodges store is not identified in this view, but I suspect it's in there somewhere!
L.S. Hodges business address may be hard to locate, but Hodges' advertising cards are not. It appears that the Hodges stamp was placed on many standard cards of the time, including this series:

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