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The Frye Company: Since 1863 in Boston, MA

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 by in Active Rain | 0 comments

The Frye Company: since 1863 in Boston, MA

As I was walking on Newbury Street this sign and address caught my attention. I started wondering is it a stock market company? Is it a finance co which co-exists side by side with a newer company, FYI on the other corner is a CVS Store? This is of course on the corner of Gloucester St. and Newbury St.

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Needless to say I was busy with many other issues and did not have time to research it until I returned to Los Angeles. Wow what a surprise: The Frye Company is a Shoe Company. All these years I was not aware. Needless to say next time I will be looking for these shoes. They have to be pretty special to survive for this many years.

Well let me give you a quick glimpse of their history. On March 10th, 1863 John A Frye opened s a small shop in Marlboro, MA. The shoes were not fashion icons. They were simply shoes for factory works in the town of Marlboro, MA. In 1938 John A Fry’s Grandson met a Navy Admiral who noted  in finding the Wellington style shoes he lied so much. So Frye agree to make him a pair. Next thing you know Frye was making these boots all through World War II.

Via mail order the company supplied solder and pilots with the Frye Wellingtons, better known as the Jet boots. Small trivia General Patton wore a pair as well.

So this store is the Flagship store of the Frye Company on 284 Newbury St. Go figure they are all over Washington DC, Chicago & NYC to name a few. Looking at the picture of the building before 9am on a Sunday morning I would have never guessed in a million years that this was a shoe storeJ Check out  the store via the enclosed  link from the insideJ

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