The above postcard was published by Curt Teich, ca. 1946. I like the overall design and the nicely dressed woman emptying the sand from her shoe, but I don't care much for the verse and the way the background figures look like they are just stuck on there. The children in the foreground don't look like they belong there either. And, what woman would want to walk through the sand in high heels? Nevertheless, this card must have been popular. A revised version (below) was published in 1950. In my opinion, that one is not an improvement!
My favorite version of "Sand In My Shoes" is the one below, which was published by Tichnor ©1951. That one has a more amusing verse and cuter pictures and is not limited to Florida. The children and the scenery look more like my early experiences on the beach.
One of my early childhood memories is of losing my shoes on the beach. Actually, it was my mother's fault. She left them on the edge of the beach, and they weren't there when it was time for us to leave. The pictures of me and my shoes below may show the same shoes and same beach. I remember that the shoes I lost were red and of the same style.
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