Ever wondered what the view from the top looks like? From the perspective of the Baldwin Flyer, the famed pulley0and-crank basket system installed at Stout’s, you’re looking at it. As an extra touch, the baskets have been wrapped in holiday paper and bows. Children have long been entertained by the baskets that convey shoes–wrapped or not–between the mezzanine level and shop floor. Weeeeeee! Have you seen these for yourself? When was the last time?

5 responses to “Room With a View: Stout’s Baldwin Flyer”

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Bought my last pair of dress shoes at Stouts downtown!

  2. Dennis E. Horvath says:


    I remember being on the second floor and seeing the basket system up close when I was a youngster. What fun seeing it many years later.


  3. Jack says:

    By any chance do you know if this Baldwin was part of the Baldwin piano company?
    Thanks for article

  4. Tiffany Benedict Browne says:

    Seems like a remote possibility, but little information has been found on the device, which is a bummer.

  5. Dianna L says:

    When I was 14, I had a women’s shoe size 11 and lived in West Newton just outside 465. The only place to get a dress shoe was Stout’s. I got flats, obviously because I was 6′ tall. What I remember was the Baldwin Cash system. My dad wasn’t too thrilled that a young girl was wearing an adult shoe but what were the options. Driving into Indianapolis was so interesting. It is likely that I was the only child in my school to get shoe’s from Stout’s.

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