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London Cries: Shoe Cleaner by Paul Sandby 1759

London Cries: Shoe Cleaner by Paul Sandby 1759Paul Sandby (1731-1809) from the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Detail: Shoes, stool, three legged stool, brushes, shoe brush, clay pot,  ladies cap, gentleman, sword, coat, tricorn hat, shoe cleaner, shoe polisher

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  1. I understand that 18th Century shoe polish was called Black Ball, but I don’t know anything about it. Anybody know how to make it? Apply it?
    Nice picture of everyday life in mid-18th century. Apparently a couple of street vendors trying to make a living. Thoughtful and touching. Thank you.

  2. I have started a Pinterest folder for my persona for reenactments. London Cries was just what I’m looking for. Is it okay that I pin pictures from the blog?

  3. I don’t remember ever seeing another picture of a woman working in the shoeshine trade. This is typically a male occupation (often a young boy’s first job). Here, a man and woman (husband and wife?) appear to be working together at cleaning and polishing shoes and boots.

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