A Bata Bullets Painted Plaster Shoe Store Display

Likely Belcamp, Maryland, 19641970

Height 11 7/8 x width 24 1/2 x depth 8 1/4 inches.

Eighth-generation Czech shoemakers founded the Bata Shoe Company in 1894. A footwear demand created by World War I caused the business to flourish for decades, but the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia disrupted Bata's success. Jan and Tomas Bata Jr., sons of one of the original co-founders, relocated the firm's headquarters and manufacturing operations to Belcamp, Maryland in 1939 and established a corporate campus on 2,000 acres of land, allowing its workforce - both Czech immigrants and American new hires - to live, work, and practice leisure on site. As the firm grew, its focus shifted away from leather footwear to the use of latex and canvas, and its newly produced designs caught the attention of local NBA team the Baltimore Bullets. In 1964, Bata unveiled the Bata Bullet and became the team's official footwear supplier.

Provenance:Property from the Arizona State University Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum recognizes the special responsibility and public trust associated with the receiving, maintenance and sharing of objects of cultural and historical significance. Periodic, thoughtful reevaluations are necessary for the growth and proper care of the collection and the objects here no longer fit the museum’s mission, specialized collecting areas or are redundant. To better serve the cultural and educational needs of our audiences, we are deaccessioning these works following the highest standards of professional ethics as guided by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors. All proceeds are restricted in use to acquiring new art objects or for the direct care of the ASU Art Museum’s collection.

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