Gary Brown didn’t have to wait too long for a response as a staggering 12 readers wrote in via email and written mail to say this device is a buttonhook.
An old fashion buttonhook, according to 87-year-old Violet Puole from Murdock, Neb., was simply used to pull pearl shaped buttons throw the opening on old shoes.
The tool was also referred to as a hook and eye tool according to Columbus, Neb. reader Ronald Blaser.
Almost all the responses suggested this tool was used primarily for ladies shoes but Blaser said it was a common household item and could be used for kids shoes, as well.
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