A Cherry Blossom Shoe Shine Jacket. 1940’s/50’s. size 42” (Hornets Archive HA)

When I was a boy there were shoe shine men in their distinctive red jackets all over London, Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square, all the big railway stations and of course the ‘City’, Cherry Blossom was the brand of shoe polish they all used.
With the 1960’s, the casual look and jeans the shoe shine men slowly disappeared.