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Saturday Comic

Here’s another cartoon from Berry’s World. It’s from August 25, 1969.

Berry's World, August 25, 1969

Berry’s World, August 25, 1969

I suspect one reason bell-bottoms were popular in the late-1960s/early-1970s is that you could hide bare feet underneath them.

 

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Back in June, fellow barefooter Alan Bruens was profiled in the Advertiser-News (North). He’s now moved on to bigger and better things: New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

In addition to being a nice article, this one has a killer caricature of Alan

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Happy Thanksgiving

1913 Postcard

1913 Postcard

 

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Advertising to Barefooters

We sometimes joke that you really cannot advertise to a barefooter. What would you sell? But, in the late-1960s/early-1970s it did happen.

Some stores would advertise for barefoot customers.

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Going Barefoot by Aileen Fisher

“Going Barefoot” is a cute little children’s book by Aileen Fisher. It’s illustrated by Adrienne Adams and was published in 1960.

Of course, it’s impossible to find in a library any more.

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Last week I discussed a 1973 article, No Bare Feet In This Store. By that time, the hostility was in full swing.

But we can look a bit earlier than that.

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Saturday Comic

This weekend’s cartoon is from Berry’s World, a strip that ran from 1963 to 2003, written by Jim Berry.

This particular cartoon is from September 16, 1969, the height of barefoot hippie days.

Berry's World, September 16, 1969

Berry’s World, September 16, 1969

 

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Suing Kroger

I thought I’d write about the one time I actually was injured in a Kroger due to their negligence.

What do you think the outcome should have been?

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Reddeshankes

Yesterday I reran a post about the Irish being barefooted. Today I thought I’d add some new stuff on the Scots (particularly the Highland Scots, who really weren’t all that different than the Irish).

Here are a few descriptions from the 1500s.

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Irish Bare Feet

Earlier I talked about Scottish Bare Feet and how going barefoot was quite common, particularly among women and children, until about 150 years ago.

Things were similar over in Ireland.

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No Bare Feet In This Store

The anti-barefoot attitude of stores was in full swing in the 1970s. Here’s an article that documents it pretty well.

See how many flaws you can spot in it regarding the excuses.

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Cupressaceae

I wanted to let folks know about a really nice blog entry from Trek Ohio about the Bald Cypress: a Deciduous Conifer. As usual, they have a ton of really good pictures and supplement it with a lot of useful information.

It doesn’t hurt that I really, really like Bald Cypresses.

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Saturday Comic

This weekend’s comic is from the November 22, 2015 2005 Stone Soup. In fact, it’s a followup for last week’s. If you didn’t see it, or forget what it was about, you can go take a look.

Stone Soup, November 22, 2005

Stone Soup, November 22, 2005

Again, I edited it slightly.

Interestingly, while I often use the phrase, “If I don’t need gloves, I don’t need footwear,” I’ve also gone barefoot while wearing gloves. When feet are working walking around, they will quite often stay warmer than hands.

 

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The guest yesterday on The Huffington Post’s C-Suite was Blake Mycoskie, the CEO of TOMS shoes.

He actually seemed like a very nice guy—very caring and socially responsible. But . . .

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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.

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