Once upon a time

If the shoe fits - In her book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," Sandy Williams writes about Emanuel Karlson, who began his boot and shoe business in Hinsdale in 1895. In 1898 he moved his store to the new building pictured here at 52 S. Washington St., where the family business lasted more than 80 years. In addition to crafting his own custom, handmade shoes, he was one of the first shoemakers in Chicago to sell national brands as well.