Five feet. Antique French children's wooden shoe lasts and a vintage English measuring tape (yes, it's metric, rather than feet). The lasts have serial numbers and the word "Paris" carved into their sides, along with metal soles. The two on the left are rough and hand-carved wood, from a French shoemaker's workshop.
A child's shoe last on top of 18th-century French books. In many Latin cultures, symbols of feet are considered lucky, as they represent forward movement and progress.
Speaking of progress, it seems there's one step forward, two steps back when it comes to blogging and stolen photos. Late last night I found two examples of bloggers using my photos without permission, without credit and without a link to my blog - in fact, one had copied a photo and changed the original link. So I wrote polite notes asking the bloggers to provide proper photo credit.
I realise some people relatively new to blogging are still on a learning curve. But at the very least, they should be aware that it's simple good manners not to copy someone else's work and pass it off as your own. Almost all of us have our images and blog content copyrighted and licensed. There is absolutely no excuse for not giving credit where credit is due.
Guest blogging at The Antiques Diva
If you're not familiar with Toma's delightful takes on her European shopping expeditions, I expect you'll appreciate her unique insights. She's recently moved household from Amsterdam to Berlin, so be prepared for more fun shopping tips in her new city and beyond. Today, I'm a guest blogger at The Antiques Diva, so won't you stop by and say hello? Merci bien!