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Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps !

Posted on 17 Jan, 2024

Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps !
Have you ever wondered where the colloquial phrase to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” came from?  
It’s attributed to a late-1800s physics schoolbook that contained the question “Why can not a man lift himself by pulling up on his bootstraps?” It has come to mean achievement through self sufficiency or to improve one’s self by one’s own efforts. 
Never having thought about bootstraps in our world of slip on shoes, zips and velcro the phrase sprang to mind with such immediacy when I peered inside this beautiful pair of antique cavalry boots that it was like a voice from the past !  Stitched near the top of the insides are the straps needed to pull on these tightly fitting, handmade boots.  However, when the phrase first came into use I doubt they were referring to these British Army Officers Field Boots but a pair of battered hobnailed boots with the strap at the back!

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