A Good Foot Rule

How times change. As a teenage lad I had to polish my school shoes every day. These days I try to avoid ‘posh’ shoes so shoe polish rarely comes out, although it is quite satisfying when it does appear.

My grandfather was a cobbler by trade. It wasn’t really what he wanted to do. Before First World War service he had been a postman but the land fit for heroes that he returned to found no job for him. He had some skill with shoes and got a job as a cobbler. He stayed at the work for the rest of his working life. I suspect it was thanks to Grandad that we had good foot rules – and here’s one of them.


Actually, it probably wasn’t the best ruler around but I always loved that good foot rule pun. I rather liked the picture of a kiwi on the reverse as well.


I am delighted still to have this ruler which is seldom, if ever used. Like many a wooden ruler it has a compass hole bored through it at its balancing point. This boring was probably done in a lesson with the same, boring, adjective. Of course, you could irritate the teacher by spinning the ruler on the compass once the hole was there.


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