On the label

Preservative boot polish
Canary
regd.
Brown
Manufactured in Norwich by
The Karboyle Manufacturing Co.
Canary brand wax shoe polish – British manufacturer since 1900

Norwich City Football ClubThe question of whether The Canaries (Norwich City Football Club) was named after the polish and the strip changed to the yellow and green as the polish tin is unresolved. The popular pastime of canary rearing in Norwich and Norfolk had given rise to the team’s nickname of “The Canaries” by April 1905 and by February 1907 this moniker had been adopted by the national press. The following season, inspired by the nickname, City played for the first time in Canary livery; yellow shirts with green collars and cuffs. A local paper reported that “The Cits (previous nickname of Citizens) are dead but the Canaries are very much alive”.
Canary boot polish
Photo: David Pratt
Canary boot polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Preservative boot polish
Canary
regd.
Black
Manufactured in Norwich by
The Karboyle Manufacturing Co.
Canary brand wax shoe polish – British manufacturer since 1900

Canary black boot polish
Photo: David Pratt



This page was last updated: 13th April 2013