Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930. Poems by Wilbur Nesbitt.

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  1. Kolohe

    Every book I’ve ever read, from Mark Twain to John D Fitzgerald*, has it that American kids in the 19th century absolutely *hated* shoes.

    My hypothesis is that shoes were expensive**, and kids were wearing them well past the point they outgrew them.

    *Great Brain series.

    **and clothing in general, but probably particularly shoes, as I think home production of those was not as commonReport

    • North in reply to Kolohe

      I don’t know, but I suspect, that shoes were something that really sucked in earlier eras- especially inexpensive shoes. I live in modern times with highly comfortable shoes and yet I still prefer sandals or bare footedness so I may also be biased.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Kolohe

      Stiff leather shoes and running around the neighborhood don’t mix well, even if they do fit.

      I tend to wear a single pair of running shows every day until long past their “expiration” date. As they stretch, my feet spread. When I buy a new pair I know they’re going to be uncomfortable until (a) they soften up a little and (b) my feet get used to being compressed again. I can wear the current pair from the time I get up until I go to bed. The new ones, well, about dinner time for some weeks I’ll pull them off and go “Aaahhhh.”Report

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