Kharkene – yet another webbing renovator added to the list

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Latest

Thanks to the kind donation of a photograph of a webbing cleaner collection yet another brand of web cleaner gets added to the list. With a worldwide distribution in 1942 it is available as a liquid product, more usual of civilian white cleaners than military bloc-type webbing cleaners and renovators but a block type product was also available at some time.

Blanco pre-1900 non-military shades identified

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 in Latest

A 1912 New Zealand advert as been found that lists five colours of Blanco sold through general stores, shoe shops and ironmongers. As part of the exercise an 1890 advert for white Blanco has been found that clearly shows the campaign to oust pipeclay from the barracks of the military.

Coloured Blanco pre-dates canvas webbing

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Latest

Further correlation of dates shows the introduction of Khaki-Blanco in 1900 (or earlier) puts it prior to the introduction of the 1908 canvas webbing. It seems to indicate the move too khaki was a concious decision of move away from the high visibility of whitened leather and canvas goods of the British Army uniform.

Propert’s green renovator

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Latest

Allen Prior has again come up with a great addition to the website – a photo of their webbing cleaner in a jar. Assumed to be a prior version of their tinned paste product it is called, irritatingly with some imprecision, “Green Renovator”.

New Fleet product added

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Latest

Allen Prior has kindly supplied a photograph of a jar of buff coloured ‘modern dressing’ as so illustrates an as yet unrecorded version of the Fleet product line. The Blanco mould of old was definitely beyond its sell by date as manufacturers jostle for position in the market.

Snowene white liquid

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Latest

New photos have been added of the Snowene white liquid product, expanding the 1920’s and ’30s white cleaner domestic story and a world of white tennis shoes, sun hats and cricket pads still further. “As white as the Everlasting snows” they claim – Blanco white cleaner had plenty of competitors in the early 1900’s! Snowene […]

Meltonian products dated!

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 in Latest

The exact date of the Meltonian block products is now fixed. The product packaging was distinctly of the 1920’s and Germany was a key market so this did indicate a ‘between the wars’ period. But an advert found in a 1928 issue of the Wellington Evening Post confirms that Meltonian block products (as well as […]

New website

Posted on Sep 11, 2010 in Latest

September 2010 sees a move from to a new domain coinciding with a software and design upgrade. Blanco and Bull was thought to be more appropriate as the direction of content has included more footwear cleaning content than the originally intended webbing. This has been because of the author’s researches has led down paths […]

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