Before I clean ’em up and start pouring on the miles, check out my new pair of WW2-era military-issued combat boots. Unworn, they were manufactured in 1942 by Edwin Clapp & Son, Inc. Dark brown, nearly black, very heavy leather, six eyelets, six hooks. Picked ’em up during an event at Battery Osgood, Fort MacArthur, San Pedro CA, U.S.A., the setting for Under Angels.
The first thing that crossed my mind when they caught my eye: Those things better not be size twelve, or I’ll have to buy ’em.
It’s no surprise they were. Size twelve.
Turning seventy years old this October, these boots were meant to find me. Spooky stuff. The size , the location (Battery Osgood; our backyard), everything. And they’re exactly what Pete Durante would’ve been wearing in the Under Angels story.
EDWIN CLAPP & SON, INC.
12 C 6106
BOSTON OCT. 13 W155
DEPOT 1942 QM14096
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