First Shoe Pegged by Samuel Preston’s Machine, 1833

This image from the Salem in History website shows an example of a man’s “brogan” shoe, a sturdy variety used for work. The machine used to make it was created by Danvers by manufacturer Samuel Preston, who patented his pegging machine. In this process, the machine fastened together soles and uppers using wooden pegs.


Peabody Essex Museum. Salem in History Website.