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Selby Shoe Company

The Selby Shoe Company was located along South Third Street in Ironton, Ohio. The property later became home to Wilson Athletic Goods.

The Selby Shoe Company constructed a four-story factory along South Third Street in 1926. 2 The property was acquired by Wilson Athletic Goods on October 29, 1943. 1



  1. “Wilson Athletic Company, 1943.” Story of the Glorious Past, One Hundred Years. N.p.: n.p., 1949. 47.
  2. “Selby Building Erected, 1926.” Story of the Glorious Past, One Hundred Years. N.p.: n.p., 1949. 36.


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I have a pair of Tru-Poise ladies pumps made by Shelby Shoes 1940’s any one interested? Let me know I can send photo.

Does anyone know how to reach Joseph Rathy of Selby Shoe co. or his daughter Josanne Rathy who attended Bob Jones University.

It may be of interest to know that Roger Selby figures very prominently in the history of the Arabian horse breed in America. He went to England and imported excellent horses from Lady Wentworth of Crabbet Park. These horses at his Selby Stud became the nucleus of a herd without rival. He imported *Raffles, *Rifala, *Mirage. Image was born at the Selby Stud, as was Indraff, all legendary horses. Without these imports the Arabian horse as we know it today simply would not exist. Mr. Selby tells of his visit to Crabbet, somehow he found his way to the barn and came to a stall door. The horse behind it could not quite reach the top of the door, but Mr. Selby could sense a power. This was *Raffles, and when the foals of *Raffles started arriving, everyone beat a path to Selby’s door. When Mr. Selby retired and sold his horses, prominent breeders from all over the country quickly made the trek to Ohio.

I have a pair of high top lace up ladies shoes. Label is Arch Preserver Shoe, made by Selby Shoe Company, Portsmouth Ohio, patent Nos 1237464 & 1249318. What can anyone tell me about this shoe?

I have a Leather Pilots Helmet with this tag inside. In perfect condition. i love it.
Helmets Intermediate Flying
Type A-11
Specification No. 3189 B
Size- Medium
AAF Stock No, 8300-396015
ORD. NO.(33-038) 45-9730A.F.
The Selby Shoe Company

I just bought a pilots helmet from ebay that is almost the same kind. Do you know for sure if this was work by WWII pilots?

We recently found the same helmet. The last two # were the only thing different. Have you found out any more information?

Hi Larry,
On a different angle. I am a genealogist and have connections to two Selby's from the shoe company –
Sam and Thomas. Do you have an interest in these two people?

Hi Jim
Wondering if you have any information connecting the Selby Shoes in Erskinville, Sydney Australia with the American Company.
My Grandmothers Name Was Edith Selby { born in Erskinville Sydney in 1890 } and was said to be part of the Selby Shoe family. Edith was disowned for Marrying my Aboriganal Grandfather and her family was never mentioned.
so i am trying to find if there is a conection.
Kindest Regards
William Ham

Is there anyone out there who can tell us something about a reverse etched glass "SELBY ARCH PRESERVER SHOES" sign that I have?

I would be happy to send photos!


Stu Neyland

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