November 3, 1943

New Life for Old Rubber
CHICAGO, Ill.—Worn out tires may get a new life as shoes. Henry M. Spelman, Jr. made this prediction yesterday at the National Shoe Retailer’s Association conference here. Spelman is the chief of the leather products and shoe section of the Office of Civilian Requirements (OCR). He indicated fewer civilian shoes would be produced next year due to a shortage of leather and lack of manpower “…unless the supply situation changes materially.” He went on to predict that spent tire carcasses may provide a solution: “We have in reserve a large number of potential shoe soles that can be cut from properly selected worn tire carcasses…” He further stated, “Past use has indicated that they give better service and wear than most any of the presently available sole leathers.”

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