A 'shoeblack' by the Strand; 1963
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A 'shoeblack' by the Strand; 1963

Henry Grant

© Museum of London

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A 'shoeblack' kneels on the pavement by the Strand as pedestrians and vehicles rush by. A customer would place his foot on the box in front of the shoe cleaner, who would polish it there and then. A branch of J. Lyons and Co Ltd, the catering and food manufacturing company, can be seen in the background.
People who polished shoes and boots for a living were described as 'shoeblacks'. Their profession had a long history. In 1851 the London Shoeblack Brigade was established by John MacGregor and Lord Shaftsbury. Members of the brigade were offered regular paid jobs and wore a uniform with a coloured jacket, denoting which area of the city they worked.




1963 AD - 1963 AD

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