Nothing at all known about this company!


On the label

Eton Shoe-Shine
Black
Directions
Apply with finger tips to render waterproof and avoid waste.
Made by Ernest Timms, Moston Bank Works, Church Lane, Manchester 9.

Eton black shoe-shine
Photo: David Pratt
This 75mm diameter tin is simply printed in black on green. Quite why they thought customers should use their fingers to apply a black product is unclear although this was common with dubbins where the warmth of the hand aided application and absorption – no reference to buffing to a shine either! Postal districts were introduced in Manchester in 1867/8 but there were only eight districts. Therefore it is possible that this tin dates from 1932 when a wider district scheme was introduced.



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