Keds Sneakers

These black canvas high-tops were worn by Jon Provost, the child actor who played Timmy on the television series Lassie (1957-64). Like many young sneaker owners, Provost customized his Keds by doodling on the rubber soles with a marker.
Since their invention in the early 1900s, sneakers have been a mainstay of childhood fashion, valued for their comfortable fit and sturdy construction as well as their style.
Currently not on view
Object Name
shoes, pair of
shoes, pair of, worn by Timmy (Jon Provost) on TV show "Lassie"
shoes, pair of,
Date made
date made
Physical Description
black (shoe color)
white (shoe color)
cotton (shoe material)
rubber (sole material)
overall: 5 in x 9 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 22.86 cm x 8.89 cm
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accession number
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
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Clothing & Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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