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Saturday Comic

Around here school started back up on Wednesday. Way back when, that would have meant complaints from wearing shoes again after having gone barefoot all summer long. Here’s a comic from September 6, 1946. It’s from “All in a Lifetime” by Beck.

All in a Lifetime, September 6, 1946

All in a Lifetime, September 6, 1946

Just some thoughts: it looks like his mother let him mow the lawn all summer lawn barefoot if it’s only now that he’s complaning—I guess that wasn’t considered too dangerous. Also, I’ve never heard that wrinkled sock excuse used in tandem with stuffing feet into shoes that are probably too small. And finally, just think about how common it was to force kids into doing something that hurt so much, just to conform.

 

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Saturday Comic

Frank and Ernest is a comic strip thats pretty much an excuse to draw bad puns. This one, from this past July 12, is no exception. It was started by Bob Thaves but is now done by his son, Tom.

Frank and Ernest, July 12, 2017

Frank and Ernest, July 12, 2017

It’s not specifically barefoot-related, but it’s close enough (and I like it).

 

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Saturday Comic

Our comic for today comes from Free Range by Bill Whitehead. It appeared this past July 23, 2017.

Free Range, July 23, 2017

Free Range, July 23, 2017

The standard trope for lost-in-the-desert is raggedy clothing and no shoes. It just suddenly hit me: why? How is it that people crawling through the desert always lose their shoes? How does that happen? Or is it that they think that only barefooters get lost in the desert?

And of course, there’s another mismatch here: gyms almost overwhelmingly don’t let barefooters in (because, supposedly, you could drop a weight on your foot—like a shoe would help that). How’d he make it past the door?

 

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