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Friday, December 31, 2010

The History of a Bootlegger

Bootlegger. One who makes, transports, or sells illegal or smuggles merchandise.

In the early days of the American merchant navy, sailors wore high, flared-top boots. On returning from overseas trips, when they came ashore they smuggled in illicit goods tucked inside their ample boot legs. The practice came to be known as bootlegging. The term was revived during the Prohibition Era (1919-1933) and referred almost exclusively to smuggling hard liquor, or to domestic making and selling of it.

(Information provided by “The Complete Footwear Dictionary: Second Edition” by Dr. William A. Rossi, 2000.)


  1. We're happily following via Fab Friends Friday! We'd love it if you followed us, we think you might dig what we're doin'. :) Thanx


  2. The wore flared-top books?

    Interesting, I never would have thought to attribute it to sailors.

  3. Koco...Thanks for following. Please join in the discussions when you get a chance. I will be by to check out your blog tomorrow. :)

    Matt...They wore flared-top boots. I always thought it had to do with men who hid distilleries in the mountains and then smuggled the alcohol in their boots. I didn't know the sailors were involved either.

  4. I didn't know that. But I guess it makes sense... sailors were known for their 'tom-foolery' :)
    Cute lil blog- interesting! I LOVE to read but don't have much time... I'm into the classics- not too much else. Although I did break down and read the Twilight series recently. There's something to be said for not being out of the loop COMPLETELY!! I can't bring myself to get into Harry Potter, though... :)
    Someone sent me a book on getting your kids to do their chores for me to review... :) Don't laugh, but thats actually exciting to me! :))))

  5. Oh, sorry. There's more-
    Thanks for linking up! We're following you now!

  6. Oh, and Mary Higgins Clark is my fav guilty pleasure :) Just fun stuff :)

  7. When I said "books," I was pointing out a typo you made.

  8. Came over from the Friday Blog Hop. I am your 100th follower! Happy New Year.

  9. Melissa and Tiffany...Ughh! I know how you feel about not having the time to read sometimes. Every singe time school starts back up I ache because I am not able to read at my leisure. Of course, I am still reading. You can't be an English major without reading a frak load every week. The books chosen are just not always what I would pick up myself. I have not read any Mary Higgins Clark, but I have seen her books in stores and some of them look really good.

    Anyway, thanks for coming and following back. i really appreciate it!

    Matt...I know and thank you. You know where my mind is almost most of the day. lol. I was just stating it correctly after fixing the typo.

    Debbie...Yeah! I was so excited to see that there were 100 followers when I woke up this morning! That makes you very special!!! I may have to do a feature or something on you just for the heck of it so don't disappear. I'll contact you if I get the chance to write one up. Oh, and thank you!

  10. Hi AubrieAnne,

    I hope you enjoy your New Year's celebration. I plan to do exactly the opposite of the ladies in the picture for this post--well, at least I plan to have a few. Whether I touch lips that have had some is an entirely different story. LOL

    I might do some writing too, but who knows how that will turn out if I've had a few.


  11. Hi AubrieAnne,
    If you are ever in Bellaire, be sure to stop by and say hello!! We are right on Hwy 88 just before you head into town!!


  12. Selena...Good for you! I hope you have fun!

    Applesauce...I most certainly will although i am afraid I never really head out there. Sometimes I make a trip to petoskey though for their fabulous used book store! :)

    JJ...Happy New Year to you too!

  13. Hi there! Hopped over from For the Love of Blogs and I'm so happy to have found your incredible blog. I can already tell that I'll be spending quite a bit of time persusing :)

    Have a very Happy New Year and I hope to see you at Narragansett No. 7!

  14. Well why are we surprised? Sailors wrote the book on debauchery didn't they? :)

    I think those boots should make a comeback, I know I'd have fun with them!

    Happy New Year sweetie pie, hope it's as fabulous as you are!

  15. Im a new GFC follower from FFF. Would love the follow back at

    Happy New Year!!

  16. No. 7...Persue away! I tried to make my blog as friendly as possible, hoping that people would be able to look at a ton of different post, new and old. Thanks for finding me and following!!! I'll certainly be by your blog to check it out as well. How can I possibly deny someone so kind!

    Donna...Yes, I guess they did make quite a name for themselves. I bet those boots would be fun too. Happy New Year!!!

    BeeCute...Welcome and thank you for following. Please join in the discussion when you get a chance. We may bark, but we certainly do not bite! I'll be by to check out your blog later though. :)

  17. That photo cracks me up.

    Another fascinating fact about the things we put on our feet, thanks for sharing!

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