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?
While bare feet were undoubtedly more popular in the past (at least here in the U.S.), they were still a rarity. In fact, they were enough of a rarity that adults who regularly went barefoot out and about had some degree of notoriety. And that meant the media wrote about them. Hence my series: Colorful Characters.
Today’s colorful character is Billy Barber.
Usually my Colorful Characters are real barefooters, either living or historical. This time he’s a real character, as in cartoon character (or whatever you call an animated character who only appears on commercials).
It’s Jean LaFoote, the barefooted pirate and arch-nemesis of Cap’n Crunch.
William S. Hamilton was one of Alexander Hamilton’s sons. I don’t think he was a barefooter, but he didn’t have qualms about going barefoot when it made sense.
He’s mentioned in an article in an 1866 Harpers New Monthly Magazine related to the time he spent working at lead mining in southwest Wisconsin.
Here’s what it says:
Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish doctor. However, he is best known for collecting Finnish folk tales during the mid-1800s and producing the Kalevala. The Kalevala is considered the national epic of Finland (kind of like the Sagas of Iceland).
So, why would I include Lönnrot here?