Bronzed Baby Shoes ~ Family Heirlooms and Keepsakes
Looking at the cherished bronzed baby shoes that have adorned my parent's houses and now our home resurrects past memories and will hopefully carry forward into the future.
I was the eldest of three children followed by two younger brothers.
My parents would have grown up in the days of "waste not, want not." Therefore the first baby shoes which adorned our feet but would not have had much actual use was actually worn by all three of us.
After there was no longer any chance of more children being born, my parents spent the money to have our baby shoes bronzed thereby preserving them as cherished heirloom memories of those early days in our nuclear family of five.
These first baby shoes worn by my brothers and me would have been soft little things prior to us ever taking our first steps and walking. Thus the prime reason for their use would have been to keep our feet warm more than for any type of foot support. That would come later!
Shoe bronzing was apparently popular back in the 1950s when my parents would have had this done.
I was curious if people were still doing this as much today and according to the pages of references when I Googled the subject, bronzing baby shoes is obviously still being utilized in this day and time to create keepsakes.
Children grow up so quickly and outgrow not only clothing and shoes, but their cute baby mannerisms that most people truly love.
Preserving something from those early days that can stand up to passing time in good manner was probably the reason that bronzing baby shoes came into existence.
The picture below is one of me as a little tyke.
There were progressively more photos taken of my brother John and then even more taken of Jim because with each passing year my parents had more money to spend on such luxuries as having professional photos taken.
Shoe Bronzing Costs
I have no idea if the costs of shoe bronzing were proportionately more or less expensive back when my hard working but frugal parents would have had them preserved.
Today the costs vary from site to site. Therefore if you readers are interested in having this done as a gift for yourself or others, shopping around would be advisable.
Suffice it to say that from my research bronzing baby shoes varies from a low price of $34.95 to a high of $99.95 not including tax, shipping and handling.
The smiling little one below was my brother John who was 23 months younger than me.
In addition to having shoes bronzed some people are choosing to have their items preserved in gold, pewter, porcelain and even silver. Prices vary as does the time to complete these preservation processes.
Other items like pacifiers, toys, footballs and more can be preserved by various companies vying for your order.
Some people wanting bronzed baby shoes choose to have them mounted as bookends or want a portrait stand included as a means of showing off the future heirlooms. Again, prices vary depending upon each person's wishes.
My brother Jim was born 17 months after my brother John. Little Jimmy is pictured below.
My parents had three little ones all in less than six years and certainly had their hands full!
We had a great family with grandparents who lived nearby as well as aunts and uncles and cousins whom we saw frequently.
Do you have bronzed baby shoes as keepsakes?
I am planning on passing these bronzed baby shoes on to my niece who had indicated that she would like them as a personal family heirloom. Someday she can pass them on to her daughter.
My parents who are now both gone would have been pleased to think that these treasured little baby shoes are still being cherished and kept in the family.
For those of you who may never have heard of this, now you can take action. Have something special preserved. Future generations will be smiling and glad that you did!
Childhood is a Precious and Fleeting Time!
© 2010 Peggy Woods