A few days ago, it featured an ancient, really impressive oak tree, with four barefoot children on it.
It was a picture from their April 1930 article on Louisiana, taken in St. Francisville, a town just a bit north of Baton Rouge.
(Click on the picture to see the large version in which details show up much better.)
This is typical small-town South. You can see that the kids are not particularly poor—they are decently dressed, and the kid on the right has a killer hat. This was just how kids dressed back then, and nobody got their panties in a twist about it.
You can also see that the kids have been doing a lot of playing. Those feet have definitely been places.
I also really love that tree!
The 1930 article also had another picture with barefoot kids. This was in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
(Caption from the original article.)
While some kids did wear shoes, a heck of a lot of them didn’t bother. (And that’s why we get so many poems regretting losing the barefoot life as kids get older.)