The story goes that this photograph was taken at the entrance of one of L.L.'s camps. I would guess it to be located approximately 92 miles from Freeport, ME.
My favorite pair of boots - it appears someone fell asleep a bit to close to the campfire. If you ask me, it was probably worth it. An awesome pair of well-loved Maine Hunting Shoes.
Orders wait for the morning train at the town station. Undoubtedly, with free parcel post, much like today.
During a short period around WWII, with particular materials unavailable, a reddish sole was introduced (1946).
A fairly decent job: Canoe Modeling.
Scratched, Beaten up and Put through the Ringer. Prideful customers take pleasure in sending items, with history, to L.L.Bean for the archives.
One of my personal favorite Bean products is the Chamois Shirt. I've never met a more comfortable shirt that's built for year-round use. Originally called The Leatherette - it was born from high grade chamois-like material. L.L. first introduced the Chamois in 1926 at the age of 58; needing a shirt that served double duty for fishing and hunting. Bean's soon set the standards for every other Chamois shirt with an exclusive cotton. This particular item is dated as 1941.
The Bean Boot has always been hand-stitched in Maine by the best craftsmen and women. Many have worked in the Brunswick factory for over 30+ years and all of them take great pride in delivering the absolute best to customers.
L.L. taking a moment to read letters from customers.
Top: An early Plated Flashlight; Left: Cold Proof Duck Hunting Coat (1920's); Maine Hunting Coat (1920's)
The women's department.
The first check-out counter. Slightly different than what you might find on Main Street today.
One of the most historic photos I could find - taken of Leon Leonwood Bean and his hunting group while testing out his Maine Hunting Shoe before he introduces them to the marketplace in 1912.