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Description
The George Brusinski papers span the years 1904-1963 (bulk 1915-1920s) and encompass 2.8 linear feet. The collection includes drawings and patterns for boots, shoes, and sandals; an order pad; a Paris sketchbook; a hand-bound book made by Brusinski with hand-painted design drawings of footwear he made for numerous film studios, with actor names, foot measurements, and some film titles; a small amount of correspondence; and sample miniature leather boots. Rudolph Valentino was a noted customer.
Background
George Brusinski (1882-1948), born Georges Jeannot Brusinski in Latvia, was a shoe and boot maker who also provided footwear to the motion picture industry from the late 1910s through the 1940s. In Los Angeles, at Wangerin Shoe Manufacturing and Hollywood Boot Maker he specialized as a designer and maker of historical and modern footwear, particularly custom-made boots, shoes, and sandals. Brusinski came to Hollywood by way of Paris, France.
Extent
2.8 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.