THE ART OF THE SHOESHINE BOY...Fran's Friday Forum...!!!

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Title Insurance with Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.

One of my greatest enjoyments is recalling many of the rites of passage that I was able to enjoy in my youth...

 

AS MORE THAN A CASUAL OBSERVER OF ‘THE SHOESHINE BOY’...I can remember how many of those neighborhood ‘oneman’ operations IMPRESSED ME...!!! It may have been the first examples of a learned craft that I was fortunate enough to witness...IN FACT...

 

UNTIL I REALIZED that SHOESHINING BOYS were merely an easy way to ‘make ends meet’ and raise some easy pocket change, and NOT a career path that most aspired to...

 

NEVERTHELESS, watching the boys exercising their craft and working wonders on badly worn and scruffy footwear...transforming those cruddy weather worn leathers into shinier than new and gleaming works of art...could put Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to shame...

 

AND THEY DID IT IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES...and some, without the use of the usual cloths and brushes that are the usual tools of the trade...that’s right...they used their bare hands to apply, work in, and buff the various potions hidden in their homemade ‘shoeboxes’...producing almost miraculous results...!!!

 

OH.......And at a cost of about 5 to 10 cents...plus a tip if their artwork highly impressed their customers...!!!

 

I never asked how they rejuvenated their dark and waxy palms...probably with the same FELS NAPTHA brown soap everyone used back then...!!!

 

IN ANY EVENT, unbeknownst to me at the time, those SHOESHINE BOYS helped to plant the seeds of a sound and industrious work ethic...for many years to come...!!!

 

HAVE A GREAT AND BLESSED WEEKEND...!!!

 

 

 

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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for the memories.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Dec 08, 2017 07:20 AM #1
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Roy,

Funny thing, I don't ever remember getting my shoes shined by a Shoshine Boy...probably too expensive...!!! LOL

Thanks,   Fran

Dec 08, 2017 07:34 AM #2
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Eugene Kanciar
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In the early seventies we lived South America for several years. They were difficult economic hardship years for most countries in Latin America with the population living under military dictatorships. Shoeshines were on every corner. Even when a citizen was dirt poor, there were always a few pennies to spare for a shoeshine. It was a matter of pride to make do with what you have and show your best side no matter what. Shoeshines provides a much appreciated affordable luxury to the populace, You might be hungry with nothing in the bank but your shoes were always 'brilliant'. Thank you shoshines of the world, you make life better!

Dec 08, 2017 07:39 AM #3
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Eugene,

Expressed very well...just as I believed only 20 years later...!!! It's a matter of poverty, not time...!!! I wonder if our new found affluence has contributed to this 'throwaway' generation...???

Thanks,   Fran

 

Dec 08, 2017 07:44 AM #4
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Mike Frazier
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Fran, I have been missing your comments on my blog posts on spiritualrain group. Are you reading and commenting on any others in the group or just posting once a week?

Dec 08, 2017 09:46 AM #5
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Mike,

For health reasons I'm down to posting once a week and an occasional comment on facebook...!!!

I'll make an effort to improve and reciprocate...!!!

Thanks,   Fran

Dec 08, 2017 09:57 AM #6
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Fran, I still see this going on when I attend our real estate "spring conference".

Dec 12, 2017 01:02 PM #7
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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ

Mike,

I knew you 'southerners' were about 40 years behind the times...!!!

Just kidding,   Fran

 

Dec 13, 2017 06:26 AM #8
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