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Polishing Collection

Background imagePolishing Collection: Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine

Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine
Two Cub Scouts taking part in Operation Shoeshine, a seven-day campaign during Scout Job Week. Their first customer was an actress, Caroline Munro

Background imagePolishing Collection: Cub Scout washing a window, Scout Job Week

Cub Scout washing a window, Scout Job Week
A Cub Scout washing a window which displays a poster advertising Scout Job Week. 1970s

Background imagePolishing Collection: Dickens / Pickwick Papers

Dickens / Pickwick Papers
Sam Weller - Mr Pickwicks servant who councils his master with Cockney wisdom

Background imagePolishing Collection: Thessaloniki, Greece - Bootblack

Thessaloniki, Greece - Bootblack Date: circa 1916

Background imagePolishing Collection: Cub Scouts cleaning fire engine

Cub Scouts cleaning fire engine

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert / Enameline Polish

Advert / Enameline Polish
ENAMELINE STOVE POLISH for polishing stoves, grates, ranges, etc

Background imagePolishing Collection: Model Maid-Of-All-Work

Model Maid-Of-All-Work
The model maid of all work is kept busy in the scullery cleaning boots, boiling kettles and pans, and responding to the bells that are constantly rung for her

Background imagePolishing Collection: Waifs and Strays Society Lincoln - Boot polishing

Waifs and Strays Society Lincoln - Boot polishing
Boys polishing boots at the Waifs and Strays Society Home, Lincoln Date: 1896

Background imagePolishing Collection: JUSTICE CLEANED UP

JUSTICE CLEANED UP
Cleaning up British Justice

Background imagePolishing Collection: Polishing a Floor

Polishing a Floor
A housewife uses her Johnsons Wax Electric Floor Polisher

Background imagePolishing Collection: Woman in shoe shine booth Lisbon

Woman in shoe shine booth Lisbon
Shoe shine booths in a Lisbon Street, Portugal. People sit in the small cabins to have their shoes cleaned and shined Date: 1988

Background imagePolishing Collection: Publicity card, Stephenson Bros, Superior Furniture Cream

Publicity card, Stephenson Bros, Superior Furniture Cream
Publicity card, Stephenson Bros, Bradford, Superior Furniture Cream and Metal Paste, making life easier for the servants. circa 1890

Background imagePolishing Collection: Victorian Shoe Shine - Clean Your Boots, Sir?

Victorian Shoe Shine - Clean Your Boots, Sir? 19th century

Background imagePolishing Collection: Floor Polishing

Floor Polishing - Housewife busy polishing the hall floor. Artist: Anon. Date: 1928

Background imagePolishing Collection: Matchless Metal Polish advert, polishing the Crown

Matchless Metal Polish advert, polishing the Crown. Date: 1902

Background imagePolishing Collection: WW2 British Marine And Royal Navy Sailor

WW2 British Marine And Royal Navy Sailor
A pair of WW2 illustrations from a children's ABC book. The left image shows a British marine standing with polishing gear

Background imagePolishing Collection: WW2, Rub-A-Dub-Dub

WW2, Rub-A-Dub-Dub
An illustration of a little girl polishing a teapot and other household objects, with the notion that helping her mother can add towards winning the war. Date: circa 1940s

Background imagePolishing Collection: Glo-Coat Advertisement Illustration

Glo-Coat Advertisement Illustration
An advertisement illustration promoting Glo-Coat, a floor polishing product, the image shows three women discussing how good it is! Date: circa 1939

Background imagePolishing Collection: Polishing Pencils - Pencil Making at Keswick

Polishing Pencils - Pencil Making at Keswick Date: 1854

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert for Min Cream Polish. Supply of the product was restricted during the war. Date: 1943

Advert for Min Cream Polish. Supply of the product was restricted during the war. Date: 1943

Background imagePolishing Collection: Cartoons showing the activities of a diligent wartime housewife

Cartoons showing the activities of a diligent wartime housewife, operating without the assistance of a maid. Date: 1943

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert for Min Piano Polish, promising a beautiful finish in half a minute. Date: 1932

Advert for Min Piano Polish, promising a beautiful finish in half a minute. Date: 1932

Background imagePolishing Collection: Night before the University Boat Race

Night before the University Boat Race
The night before the University Boat Race, polishing up the boat. Date: 1880

Background imagePolishing Collection: Hilliard & Chapman, free standing patent knife polishing and sharpening with six different sizes

Hilliard & Chapman, free standing patent knife polishing and sharpening with six different sizes. Date: 1862

Background imagePolishing Collection: A young boy brushes his shoes. Date: 1910

A young boy brushes his shoes. Date: 1910

Background imagePolishing Collection: Polishing the motor car

Polishing the motor car
A man polishes his gleaming motor car. Date: circa 1940s

Background imagePolishing Collection: English gentleman being shown into a drawing room

English gentleman being shown into a drawing room for a musical night, 19th century. Facey Romford in tweeds playing the flute, Cassandra Cleoptra holding a music score. Mr

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert, Bon Ami cleaning and polishing cake and powder

Advert, Bon Ami cleaning and polishing cake and powder. 1922

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert, Johnsons Polishing Wax Advert, Johnsons Polishing Wax

Advert, Johnsons Polishing Wax Advert, Johnsons Polishing Wax
Advert, Johnsons Polishing Wax. 1926

Background imagePolishing Collection: The Boots Who Forgot to Chalk the Boots, H. M. Bateman

The Boots Who Forgot to Chalk the Boots, H. M. Bateman
Sequential cartoon by H.M. Bateman showing a young man given shoe cleaning duties in a hotel muddling up various pairs with hilarious consequences the following morning. Date: 1920

Background imagePolishing Collection: Shoe black (shoeshine boy) and client

Shoe black (shoeshine boy) and client, in 18th century style. 18th century

Background imagePolishing Collection: Town of Oberstein and gem-polishing mill

Town of Oberstein and gem-polishing mill
View of the town, bridge and crag church at Oberstein 1, and view of the agate and jasper gemstone polishing mill 2. Vue de bourg en face du pont, Atelier de travail

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert for Zebra Fire Grate Polish

Advert for Zebra Fire Grate Polish. 1902

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert, polishing and plating supplies, New York City, USA

Advert, polishing and plating supplies, New York City, USA
Advert, Zucker & Levett & Loeb Co, polishing and plating supplies, West 25th Street, New York City, USA. Date: circa 1880s

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert for Brookes Soap 1890 Advert for Brookes Soap 1890

Advert for Brookes Soap 1890 Advert for Brookes Soap 1890
Women polishing all the metal wear, so much that she can see her reflection. Date: 1890

Background imagePolishing Collection: Johnsons Wax polish

Johnsons Wax polish
Advertisement for Johnsons Polishing Wax. It protects and beautifies. Illustration from Delineator magazine April 1928. Artist anon. Date: 1928

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advertising Insert - Monkey Brand Polish

Advertising Insert - Monkey Brand Polish. 1914

Background imagePolishing Collection: 2nd County of London Westminster Dragoons Camp

2nd County of London Westminster Dragoons Camp
1910

Background imagePolishing Collection: Advert for Wrens shoe polish 1908

Advert for Wrens shoe polish 1908
Wrens shoe polish. Date: 1908

Background imagePolishing Collection: SERVANTS CLEANING

SERVANTS CLEANING
Two servants find that their job of polishing furniture is made cleaner, faster and more economical thanks to BRILLANT FOREZIEN Date: circa 1900

Background imagePolishing Collection: INDUSTRY / GLASS C18

INDUSTRY / GLASS C18
The rough polishing of Glasses Date: circa 1730

Background imagePolishing Collection: GLASS 18TH CENTURY 15

GLASS 18TH CENTURY 15
GLACES Polishing glass plates Date: 1765

Background imagePolishing Collection: Shoe shine in street, Lisbon

Shoe shine in street, Lisbon
A shoe shine man cleans a customers shoes in a Lisbon street, Portugal. The male customer holds on to a traffic light as his shoes are polished. First published The Sunday Times Date: 1989

Background imagePolishing Collection: Two Shoeshine boys fighting over a potential customer

Two Shoeshine boys fighting over a potential customer - humorous images used as a promotional tool for Blecao - the blurb for which reads as follows

Background imagePolishing Collection: Ancient Gem Cutter and Apprentice - Sri Lanka

Ancient Gem Cutter and Apprentice - Sri Lanka
Ancient Gem Cutter with his cutting and polishing tools and (his middle-aged!) Apprentice - Sri Lanka. Date: circa 1908

Background imagePolishing Collection: Sad irons, curling and goffering irons

Sad irons, curling and goffering irons
A selection of home appliances, as featured in a catalogue. A sad iron and stand, a polishing iron, a spirit iron, a hat iron for ironing brims and a Dalli box iron are pictured

Background imagePolishing Collection: Saint-Claude, France - Fabrique Jeantet-David Pipe Factory

Saint-Claude, France - Fabrique Jeantet-David Pipe Factory - Polishing the pipes using overhead belt-driven polishing machines. (see: 10993880) Date: circa 1909

Background imagePolishing Collection: Victorian Scrap - soldiers polishing boots

Victorian Scrap - soldiers polishing boots at camp - Captain Goode and Captain Field. late 19th century



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