Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Micky Loveman on August 14, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project.
Recognized by a noted retailer as the "Number One Shoe Salesperson in America," Micky Loveman spent a lifetime working in Baltimore's retail shoe business, building a loyal client base. Micky was born in 1918 and moved to Baltimore from Massachusetts at age seventeen to live with her aunt and uncle, after her mother was tragically struck and killed by an automobile. She started selling ladies' shoes shortly after her marriage to Frank Loveman in 1941. Attributing much of her sales success to her motto, "Service, Smile and Sincerity," Micky worked for many years at Hess Shoes, before leaving for Nordstrom's in 1991. Widowed in 1996, Micky surrounds herself with collections from local yard sales, has an active social life, many younger friends and a special beau, Saul.
Micky Loveman photo: Credit Joan Roth. Joan Roth's website
In the early 2000s, the Jewish Women's Archive conducted oral history interviews with 30 Jewish women living in Baltimore and another 30 in Seattle. Born in the early decades of the 20th century, these women lived through decades of political, social, and economic upheaval, as well as dramatic changes in expectations and opportunities for women. Doctors and lawyers, teachers and saleswomen, judges and social workers, homemakers and community volunteers, the narrators represent a wide range of backgrounds, affiliations, and experiences of American Jewish women. To find out more and to see the online exhibits based on this project, visit Jewish Women's Archive/baltimore and Jewish Women's Archive/seattle
The complete audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive.
This project was made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Brenda Brown Lipitz Rever Foundation, and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc. In Baltimore, the project was a collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Maryland; in Seattle, with the Museum of History and Industry.