On the label

Radium
Black waterproof boot polish
Radium Polishes Ltd, Broadheath Nr. Manchester

Radium boot polish
Photo: David Pratt
Radium boot polish
Photo: David Pratt
This tin, printed in cream, gold and black on a green ground, is complete with contents untouched, all solvents long lost to leave a hard and shrunken block that has the faint smell of coal about it.

Radium Brown Beauty

On the label

Black Beauty shoe polish
High grade wax polish – Black – Preserves and waterproofs the leather – Black – Radium (Broadheath) Ltd., Manchester

Black Beauty shoe polish by Radium (Broadheath) Ltd
Photos: David Pratt
Black Beauty shoe polish by Radium (Broadheath) LtdThis tin looks like it is of the 1960’s or 70’s having lost of the old fashioned ‘boot polish’ in favour of ‘shoe polish’.
Rather unusually this tin (printed in white and black on a teal ground) displays a bit of careful recycling – the inside of the base, hidden by the black polish, can be seen the printing on the tinplate that belongs to someone else’s product and clearly demonstrates the company’s in-house tin manufacture.

More about Radium (Broadheath) Ltd here.



This page was last updated: 13th April 2013