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.


Co-respondent shoes worn by Max Miller on stage, the last great English stand-up comedian, ‘the Cheeky Chappie’ a huge star and famous Brighton man.



When I lived in Brighton I was often on the last Victoria to Brighton train, sometimes it would be held for a few minutes or so for Lord Stockton (Harold Macmillan, ex Prime Minister) the only other person the train has ever been held for is Max Miller, the Lord and the Low Comic, there’s something very British about that. The ‘Cheeky Chappie’ as he was called told, for the time, very blue jokes and his intro song was ‘Mary from the Dairy’ wow.
Shoes BHC,  not for sale