On the label

Kiwi Boot Polish Black
Keep lid on
Thoroughly Waterproof
This tin is in accordance with the Government tin plate regulations

This 70mm diameter tin is simply printed in black and red on a gold ground.
Kiwi black boot polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi Boot Polish Brown
Keep lid on
Thoroughly Waterproof
This tin is in accordance with the Government tin plate regulations

This 70mm diameter tin is simply printed in black and red on a gold ground and dates from the WWII era.
Kiwi brown boot polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi Boot Polish Brown (Black)
Keep lid on
Thoroughly Waterproof
This tin is in accordance with the Government tin plate regulations

These 70mm diameter tins from the WWII era show a variance of design with the Kiwi bird being shaded in black and the KIWI name being gold outlined in black rather than black outlined in gold.
Kiwi boot polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi Polish Co. Pty Ltd.
Light Tan shoe polish
Water resistant – Leather nourishing
By appointment to H. R. H. The Duke of Edinburgh shoe polish manufacturers
Kiwi
and embossed on reverse
Made in England
Kiwi
Net weight 15g when packed

This small 55mm diameter tin with a butterfly twist off lid is printed in orange, red, yellow and black on a white ground. It dates to post-1952 and pre-1974.
KIWI light tan shoe polish
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On the label

Kiwi light tan shoe polish
By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh – The Kiwi Polish Co. Pty. Ltd. Shoe Polish manufacturers
Kiwi Light Tan
contents 1.57 fl oz, 44 ml
(and on reverse)
Kiwi
Water resistant, nourishes and protects all fine leathers.
Made in England
The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd, Ealing, London, W5

This small 70mm diameter tin with a butterfly twist off lid is printed in orange, red, yellow and black on a white ground. With a much simplified design it shows the Kiwi in a stylised form losing feather detail with just a dot for an eye remaining. Made in England the company is described as The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd, Ealing, London, W5. The Ealing factory was in use prior to, during and after WWII. This tin design was trade marked in 1974.
Kiwi Light Tan shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi black shoe polish
Feeds in concentrated goodness
By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh – The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd
Kiwi black
contents 1.57 fl oz, 44 ml
(and on reverse)
Kiwi
Water resistant, nourishes and protects all fine leathers.
Made in England
The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd, Ealing, London, W5

Kiwi black shoe polish
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On the label

Kiwi Black
Kiwi black shoe polish, contents 1.55 fl oz, 44 ml
(and on reverse)
By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, shoe polish manufacturers.
Water resistant, nourishes and protects all fine leathers.
Made in England under authority of The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd
Kiwi Products (UK) Ltd, Yateley, Surrey.

This strikingly simple and bold design of 1971-1981 shows the strength of the brand – the kiwi logo and name deemed sufficient for the consumer to know of the contents – indeed the words ‘shoe polish’ only appear on the side of the tin and even then only once in very small letters! Kiwi Products (U.K.) Limited were using the Sadlers Court, Yateley, Camberley, Surrey GU17 7RU, address in 1977.
Kiwi black shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi Black
Kiwi shoe polish – Black – Kiwi
contents 1.55 fl oz, 44 ml
(and on reverse)
By appointment to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh. The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia, shoe polish manufacturers.
Water resistant, nourishes and protects all fine leathers.
Made in England under authority of The Kiwi Polish Co Pty Ltd
Kiwi Products, Slough, Berkshire.

This tin now sports a bar code and the company is now described as Kiwi Products, Slough, Berkshire rather than Kiwi Products (UK) Ltd, Yateley, Surrey. Slough is the address of Sara Lee which puts this tin into the 1980’s.
Kiwi black shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

Kiwi shoe polish
Water resistant / Leather nourishing
Marine Blue
Marine – Blue – Blauw – Blau – Azul – MПAE
(on reverse)
Kiwi shoe polish
Nourishes, protects and shine all smooth leathers
Directions: Wipe off any surface dust, then work KIWI Shoe Polish well into the leather with a brush or duster. Buff to a brilliant shine.
Keep out of reach of children
Flammable 50ml
Made in the E.U.
Sara Lee Household and Personal Care
Slough, SL1 4AU, England Tel 01753 523971
KIWI is a registered trademark

This tin dates after 1995 and the product is no longer made in the UK. The tin now carries consumer warnings.
Kiwi marine blue polish
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On the label

KIWI
Since 1906 The World’s No. 1 Shoe Polish
Shines, nourishes and protects
Noir Zwart Schwarz Negro Preto Nero Svart Maypo Czarna Cerny Fekete Crna Negru Juodas Melns Must
(on the reverse)
Shines, nourishes and protects
Keep out of reach of children
Flammable
The “Sara Lee” and “recyclable” logos
www.kiwicare.com
Made in Indonesia

On the reverse of the tin much text is duplicated in English, Dutch, French, Greek, German, Polish, Italian, Swiss, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish. A web address indicates a recent vintage and the place of manufacture is given as Indonesia. This tin design is current as of January 2011 – the website indicates that the only colours now manufactured are black, brown, tan and clear but a myriad on ‘modern’ shoe cleaning and care solutions are available, many of which can be put in the ‘convenience’ category.
Kiwi black shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt

On the label

KIWI
Brown
Shoe Polish Kit
contents 2.03fl oz 58ml.
On reverse
Directions: Remove cap containing applicator and polishing cloth. Open polish tin by lifting ring and pulling upward. Apply polish sparingly using applicator. Buff to a high gloss finish using polishing cloth provided. Always replace cap firmly after use to ensure air-tight seal.
Made in France
Contents 2.03 Fl. oz – 58ml
Kiwi-France S.A. 76302 Sotteville les Rouen

Part of a shoe shine kit, date uncertain although Kiwi-France were at Sotteville les Rouen at least as early as 1977 and are still manufacturing there. The ring pull concept was introduced in 1962 with the safer retained-ring in 1975 (as used on this can).
Kiwi brown shoe polish
Photo: David Pratt



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