We're guessing the ol' boot jack might stir up some memories for people...especially the bug jacks. Great for kicking off your winter boots and really quirky in style, we found five out there at various price points, mostly on eBay:
J. W. cast iron boot bug, starting eBay bid $4.95
Cast iron "outline" boot bug, starting eBay bid $10
Silver cockroach boot bug, current eBay bid $9
Iron boot bug (brass colored), current eBay "buy it now" price $8,95
I forgot about those... We had one in the front hall when I was a kid!
I SO need one of those!! Thanks, AT!
wait, what are those?! i remember having that first one as a kid. never thought about what it was or did.
we had one too! though I never knew what it was... probably because we kept it in the hearth!
you put the heal of your foot in between the antennae and it helps pull off your boot! i've actually never used one, and many people seem to just use them as doorstops.
We had one of these when I was a kid. I didn't like bugs then. I don't like bugs now. I hated the darn thing.
I've never seen a boot bug before. I have to have one!
Does anyone else think they look like those creatures in "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan," or am I just a geek? (Or both?)
My parents had a naked lady boot jack, when I was younger. Late last year, I went to an friends house and they had "her" up against the wall like a decoration because they didn't realize "she" was a boot jack. After dropping the knowledge on them I felt like a historian for the evening.
We have one of these by our front door. My mother and I have recently been discussing whether it is a cockroach or a cricket. I've seen it listed as both (also a beetle)... but it looks most like a cockroach to me. The legs are not long enough to be a cricket; the body is too long to be a beetle... which leaves a cockroach. A rather friendly and useful cockroach, but a cockroach nonetheless.Thoughts?
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