The American Bronzing Company was located in a Southeast Columbus industrial area, enjoying an 80 year run of providing America a needed service – bronzing baby shoes (and I found out today many other things). Amazingly this company had bronzed 14 million baby shoes in their history.
This traditional now however has essentially disappeared so the business recently shut down. Today they were auctioning off the entire factory; office equipment, machinery and any remaining inventory.
We paid a visit not to participate in the auction, but to check out the factory – it was well worth it for a unique piece of American cultural history.
Up first – a bronze hat, and not to be outdone – a silver one.
An ice skate!
Some of the aforementioned 14 million baby shoes.
A taco shell???
Meanwhile back in the idled factory you got a sense of how dirty the job must have been.
A discarded sprayer.
The shelves are now empty.
With a number of baby shoes that went without the honor of being encased in bronze.
But mine had been bronzed (many years ago).