But then I saw the inscription chiseled across the top. The show folks shoe shop? Really?
Then I zoomed in on the first statue.
Barrymore as Ophelia. Ethel Barrymore?
See This Amazing Broadway Relic Before it Becomes a Place to Buy Leggings
In the book Forgotten New York: The Ultimate Urban Explorers Guide to All Five Boroughs, Kevin Walsh explains how these actresses were chosen:
"In 1927, the I. Miller company took the public vote to determine the most popular theater actresses of the day, with the idea of placing statues of them above their new seventh avenue store. The results came in, and sculptor Alexander Sterling Calder was chosen to depict them in some of their most famous roles."
The business of making shoes for leading ladies is much different than the Al Bundy shoe business.
|Photo credit: Tristan Fuge at Theatermania.|
(For some reason, I didn't get a good shot of Marilyn.)