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The new season of Dual Survival with barefooter extraordinaire Cody Lundin and super-military Joe Teti returns tonight.

But don’t get too excited.

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When last we left Ellen Tilton Holsmen, she had just finished scandalizing Reno while waiting for her quickie divorce. After all, shorts and bare feet on a pretty lady going about town (in 1934) just weren’t normal. And she wore slacks to a courtroom.

But she wasn’t finished.

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Today let’s look at a colorful character from 1934. Ellen (Mildred) Tilton Holmsen was a bona fide member of society’s elite, even appearing in the Social Register.

Well, at least she did before she came to the public’s attention.

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Saturday Comic

Earth Day is this upcoming Tuesday, so I think this cartoon, from Arlo & Janis, is quite appropriate. It is from April 22 (Earth Day), 2009.

Arlo & Janis, April 22, 2009

Arlo & Janis, April 22, 2009

I modified it slightly by adding an ellipsis and one word (guess which
one ;-) ).

 

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Two Commercials

Here are two fairly recent commercials that feature bare feet, in one way or another.

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Barefoot Girl

We’re all (I presume) familiar with John Greenleaf Whittier’s classic poem “Barefoot Boy“.

Do you think maybe I could find a poem about a barefoot girl?

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A Taxing Issue

What with income taxes in the United States being due yesterday, my local newspaper (does anybody read those any more?), The Columbus Dispatch, had a tongue-in-cheek tax form that you could fill out.

For some reason it caught my eye.

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More Barefoot Sailors

When I wrote about Barefoot Sailors, the example I used was the Spanish-American war (during the blockade of Cuba). It really only showed those sailors doing their exercises on deck in bare feet.

But what about real sailing (as opposed to powered) ships?

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Barefoot Sailors

We somehow often think of sailors as barefoot. I imagine that comes from the movies we’ve seen.

But is it accurate?

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Saturday Comic

Our comic for today again comes from the strip Sam & Silo, and features their highly educated naturalist and poet, Funny Floyd.

Sam & Silo, April 23, 1980

Sam & Silo, April 23, 1980

Think about it . . .

 

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More Gym Shoes

Yesterday we looked at what WWII shoe rationing did to gym classes at the Alton School District. That was 1943.

How about we take a look at some insanity from 1982?

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Getting Your Daily Shoe Rations

Last week we found out about attorney and judge Tom Smiley, who used the shoe rationing of World War II to “patriotically” go barefoot.

Let’s look at another effect of the rationing.

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Saving Soles

When I wrote about Dirty Feet, it generated a comment (a question really) asking what I did to maintain them.

Here’s the answer.

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Saturday Comic

Yesterday we learned a bit about shoe rationing during World War II. Our Saturday Comic looks at it from another point of view.

This is from the comic They’ll Do It Every Time by Jimmy Hatlo.

They'll Do It Every Time, June 25, 1943

They’ll Do It Every Time, June 25, 1943

One thing I like about it is the “Thanx to many contributors” at the bottom of the first panel. That makes it pretty clear that there were still lots and lots of kids going barefoot then.

 

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Suppose it is World War II and the government has just instituted shoe rationing. Furthermore, suppose that you are a lawyer in Texas and a bit of a publicity hound, and you really don’t like wearing shoes all that much anyways.

So, what do you do?

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