Memory Lane: Trautwein’s Red Goose Shoes on Gravois, St. Louis, Missouri

Trautweins Red Goose Shoes, 5227 Gravois, St. Louis

After two consecutive mornings of rising at 4:30 in order to devote one hour to watercoloring, I’m finally getting some projects finished, though my eyes are burning intolerably right now.  Today I finished my diptych of the 8 x 10″ Eureka Springs paintings.  After school, I returned to the above piece and believe it is now finished.

As a child, I was inundated with Red Goose Shoes commercials, though I never bought a pair.  This sign on 5227 Gravois, southwest of downtown St. Louis, I recall seeing time and time again.  Last Christmas, while visiting St. Louis, I poked around the remnants of Route 66 that wound in strange fashion through the city of St. Louis, and fortunately had bright sunlight and plenty of snow to provide a great shot of the defunct storefront. As I took my photos, I felt that warm “Proustian” remembrance of special things past.

Throughout my elementary school years, I raced home daily after school so I could watch The Three Stooges, The Little Rascals, and other assorted programs  my parents deemed “inappropriate.”  Nevertheless, they were aired on local children’s programming, such as Captain 11 Showboat.  As I watched daily, lucky children sitting in the “peanut gallery” (I believe that designation actually came from Howdy Doody) would win a box of shoes from Red Goose Shoes, along with the Golden Egg filled with prizes.

As stated in an earlier blog, I’m delighted to find a Red Goose Shoes vintage sign in Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth, about twenty minutes from where I live.  My intention is to capture that in watercolor soon.

Thank you for reading.


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6 Responses to “Memory Lane: Trautwein’s Red Goose Shoes on Gravois, St. Louis, Missouri”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I love this painting! It brings back my childhood and I think it is one of my favorites. I don’t have to say why! It just is .


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Linda. This one started rather badly, and I quit on it for a couple of weeks. I wasn’t too sure about it when I returned, but somehow it turned a corner and finished better than it started! I was troubled at how dark the sky was, and then the green banner against it. I decided to proceed anyhow, and somehow keep darkening the bricks, hoping somehow to “rescue” it. Thanks for your kind observations.


  3. Patrick Duncan Says:

    there was a big billboard for years for red goose shoes facing the parking lot for this store. I grew up on Gilson street a few blocks to the west and walked past it on my way to school at Saint John the Baptist High school. I moved away from Saint Louis over twenty five years ago it;s full of ghosts…


  4. Michael Says:

    I went to grade school with Carol Trautwein. Lived less than a mile from that Shoe Store and went by it hundreds of times. Brings back a flood of memories


    • davidtripp Says:

      Wow, I love it to know someone has a personal story to add to something that I have painted! Thank you for that. Now I will see it differently I often write stories to attach to my paintings, so if you have additional information to share about the girl you went to school with and that particular store, I would love to record the information for future collections of mine. When I was 2 years old we lived near that area of St Louis, but moved out to Jefferson County the next year, so I really have no memories, but still visit that area just to see where I spent my earliest years.


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