Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sepia Saturday: Shoes or No Shoes

When I read that the inspiration for this week's Sepia Saturday post is SHOES, I knew it was time to repost one of my favorite pictures. It's a photo of Ruth and Loren Elliott, my great-aunt and -uncle, from about 1911 or '12.


I love this photo. I'd like to believe Uncle Loren actually owned a pair of shoes, but if that's true, wouldn't his mother have insisted he wear them on this occasion?

While I was searching my files for this image, I came across others of cute kids wearing old-style shoes. I had planned to upload them and make children's shoes the focus of this post, but that all changed after I went looking on YouTube for a shoe-related Saturday Song Selection (one less obvious than "Blue Suede Shoes" or "These Boots Are Made for Walking"). The following video made me think about the fact that there are large segments of the world's population for whom the wearing of shoes is not optional:


I don't remember ever hearing about the 2011 event that was the subject of this video. Although I missed the day, the mission is an ongoing one, and it certainly has my attention now.
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The song is "One Day" by Matisyahu.
(Click here to read the lyrics.) 
Thanks to tomsshoes for posting this video on YouTube -- and for showing us another way we can help to change the world.
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12 comments:

  1. I'm kind of more like the little boy...I'd rather be barefoot then wear shoes...It always drove my mother crazy! She had like two pairs of shoes for every outfit! You know for winter or summer too! ha ha! When ever I can the shoes are off....! Great photo!

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  2. The photo of your aunt and uncle is charming. Do you suppose he’s meant to be portraying a casual look? The video is very thought-provoking too. It made me think of stories my grandparents (and parents) told of families so poor that they shared shoes, or had cardboard soles on their only footwear. Sometimes children didn’t attend school for lack of shoes - very sad.

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  3. I hope the boy in the photo was just rebelling and it wasn't because he didn't have any shoes.
    Nancy

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  4. What a great photo ... I love the expression on her face. Maybe she was wishing that she could have taken off her shoes!

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  5. Love that photo! The moments before and after it were taken must have been lively. And I wonder what he is holding. A mystery.

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  6. Fine photo and a thought provoking video.

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  7. Yes, it seems odd that their mother let him be photographed without shoes. Maybe the photographer was going for a Tom Sawyer and Becky theme?

    Thanks for posting the link to the lyrics!

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  8. I'm so drawn to your barefoot uncle! Great pic Velvet!

    That video was amazing!

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  9. A great combination of photograph, video and words. And an absence of shoes makes a great illustration for the theme.

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  10. My mother lived a better life than many people during the Depression, but many of her friends came to school barefoot.

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  11. Yes,A Mystery .But He Looks Fine In The Picture.I Imagine Being Shoeless is quite good for feet?

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  12. Tattered and Lost, the little boy in this picture is holding a hat.

    Janet, you might be on to something with the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher idea.

    Thanks to all of you for your comments.

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