City Directories and History: The location of Bultman Brother’s Boot Store…., the S.C. Dept. of Archives states, “1882, 2 story structure. Central arched cornice, frieze, &brackets. Constructed for Bultman Brothers’ Boots and Shoes. Owners, CPA & CFH Bultman, were natives of Hanover, who emigrated to U.S. Two brothers began selling shoes in Sumter in 1871 and by 1882 the volume of business prompted building a new store with a frontage of 28 ft. and depth of 96 ft. on Main Street. An almanac of 1884 described merchandise as “the largest &fullest line of shoes in the low country outside of Charleston valued at some $12,000.” According to sketch of 1884, uoner level windows were originally shuttered &under the arched cornice were facsimiles of 2 boots on either side of a circle containing the insignia~”B&B” and the date “1882”.
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