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Bally Quality Mountaineer Boot Poster
Carl Franz Bally was born in Schonenwed, Switzerland in 1821. He was the son of a silk ribbon weaver, and had taken over the family business which had been started in 1851 in a Swiss village. Carl Franz expanded the company to include an elastic tape that was used by shoemakers. While visiting one of his clients in Paris in the 1890's, Bally decided to mass-produce high-quality footwear after falling in love with a pair of shoes he found for his wife there. He bought the entire stock. 'Papa Billy' continued buying such shoes for his wife and later started to manufacture his own collections in his factory. He died in 1898 but his son continued the business.