“First pair of boots”

The best Christmas present ever!

I love this Norman Rockwell-like picture, which was the cover of The Western Horseman magazine in May, 1961 (the last year that appears the same when inverted).

What a happy camper.

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18 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Nice! I got a cup with dinosaurs on it and when you out hot water in it, the dinosaurs become dinosaur skeletons!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      I got something similar – thermochromic dyes – for the wife’s “Secret Santa” thing at her work. Good fun ; don’t know how long the dyes will last for though, it’s probably rough on them chemically.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted December 26, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

        They last pretty well, just don’t put them in the dishwasher. I have a tardis one as well – when you fill it up with hot water, the tardis “moves” from one side of the cup to the other.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

          … *without* passing through the intervening space. Or time.
          I was escourting some Germans around Edinburgh today and we kept on bumping into Tardises. I mean police boxes. But the Germans didn’t know enough about Dr.Who to see them as being interesting.
          Which probably explains something about Germans. Or Dr.Who.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted December 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

            Which reminds me of an episode of Doctor Who I watched recently where Martha Jones transports herself outside Nuremberg with the Osterhagen key & she hears Daleks barking out commends in German. I especially liked hearing them say exterminieren in bad German.

            Enjoy for yourself here.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted December 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

              Maybe when I’m not in bed, or have some ear phones with me.

  2. Posted December 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    The artist appears to be Tom Duffy, according to a lot on eBay.

    “1961 (the last year that appears the same when inverted)” … in some typefaces!

    No cat photo from me; just Christmas felisitations!

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    • Gregory Kusnick
      Posted December 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      2002 works in digital-clock font.

      And I hope 1961 is not the last such year ever, and that there are still people around (and keeping calendars) in 6009.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:44 am | Permalink

        Not inverted, rotated (through 180 degrees).

        I think 1881 was the last year that appeared the same inverted (and rotated), but only in a sanserif font.

        • Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

          Some san serif typefaces. An “8” often has a smaller upper loop.

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  3. krzysztof1
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Which reminds me to ask Prof. Ceiling Cat: Are you familiar with the deluxe version of “Bob Boots” (as sold on Robert Redford’s Sundance website)? They run about $800 a pair, and MIGHT be very nice (though rather plain). . . .

    • Posted December 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      I have the cheaper version that I got on eBay for a song when those boots were made by Ammons, a great outfit. It’s okay, but very thin deerskin and has already torn in several places. The thin sole (which is on both versions) looks nice, but won’t stand up to much wear. The deluxe version is overpriced, although it could be well made depending on which quality of craftsmanship Lucchese uses (they make three grades of boots, only the top grade of which is decent). But I doubt it’s worth the money, and I wouldn’t be interested.

      • iseehowyouare
        Posted December 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        I just ordered a pair of Lucchese boots. How does one know which of the three grades each boot is? Thanks in advance…

        • Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

          Lucchese Classics, the top of the line, are the only ones worth buying these days. The 1883s, probably the most common ones people buy, are not well made compared to other handcrafted boots. This is, of course, my opinion, but the price differential reflects the quality.

          • iseehowyouare
            Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

            Thanks. I’ve sent off an email to Lucchese to clarify which line my ordered boot belongs to.

            • iseehowyouare
              Posted December 26, 2013 at 8:47 am | Permalink

              Good news for me, my boots are made in the Classic’s construction. They’ve recently launched their own website shop that has boots unavailable elsewhere and all the boots have the Classics construction. Check it out.

  4. Hempenstein
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Just think how many boots you’d have now if you’d gotten your first pair @13!

    Meanwhile, wore my black eBay Dan Posts to Daughter of Hempenstein’s wedding on the 14th. Only black pair I have, and the pair that fit the best as well. Sometimes-Girlfriend of Hempenstein wore her black eBay (forgotten by who) boots too.

  5. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    So, that’s Prof.CC in the picture. You’d have thought they’d stretch to a Daguerrotype at least for such an event as his first kick-equine boots.


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