Cultural Objects, Tools
Shoe Repair Tools
PeopleAssociated Person: Silas Clinton "Dinky" Harris
Various hand tools of wood and metal
Multiple items for various shoemaking, shoe repair, and harness work tasks
Collection includes a variety of shoe repair, harness, and shoe-making tools used by Silas Clinton “Dinky” Harris at his business in the Town of Floyd.
Silas Clinton “Dinky” Harris, 1912-1985, operated a popular shoe repair shop at various locations in Radford and Floyd, and finally next to Harris Cleaners in downtown Floyd, Virginia. He was a self-taught, skilled shoemaker and an accomplished furniture maker. We are not sure of how he acquired his nickname. And, although he was injured in a farm machinery accident as a youth and had a wooden leg, there was also a line of circa 1930s, die-cast toys of miniature farm machinery called “Dinky Toys,” with one so-named, “Dinky Massey-Harris.”