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Thread #56167   Message #876715
Posted By: GUEST,Q
28-Jan-03 - 01:00 PM
Thread Name: Clementine's shoe size?
Subject: RE: Clemantine's shoe size?
In women's sizes, US size 9 = UK 7 =Europe 27 = Mexico 6.5 =Spain-Italy 39.
As noted above size 9 would have been large for a 19th century woman.
The real reason for that size in the song, as pointed out by Masato, is that few would know what Digby pine is, and nine is a good substitute because the rhyme remains.