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Old January 3rd, 2020, 02:44 PM   #7
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So glad I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is interesting! Here's a bit more-

"With the outbreak of World War II, production was given over to boots for soldiers. As a result of this work, Hyde was awarded the Army/Navy E Award for Manufacturing Excellence, the only American shoe company so honored. After the war, the company resumed production of athletic shoes and, in 1952, purchased the Illinois Athletic Shoe Company, makers of Spot-Bilt athletic shoes. In 1960 NASA awarded Hyde a contract to produce footwear for America’s space program, and as a result, the boots worn by astronauts during the first space walk bore the Hyde label."

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which tells us the Goodrich you see there is the same that goes from supplying rubber shoe soles to rubber car tires!
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