This Pickering’s product, simply referred to by the trade name, has been repackaged for the Leicester-based national shoe retailers Stead & Simpson Ltd. It carries the older instruction leaflet that has a footer “Joseph Pickering & Sons Ltd, Printers, Sheffield”, which takes the date to after 1900. The block could be purchased for 2 pence.

Stead & Simpson Blanco
Stead & Simpson Blanco
Photos: Martin Lowe



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