Friday, 17 June 2011

JH STEELE BOOT REPAIRER and CLOGGER 1974

Here's a little curiosity from 1974 - the sign above the window of J H Steele in Lewin Street proclaiming him to be a 'Boot repairer and Clogger'. Clogs were a necessity for salt workers; probably more so than for workers in other industries, because the hot, steamy, salty conditions they worked in made the use of leather or fabric boots impractical - they simply rotted away.
For a while the window shown here, somewhat altered, became the home of the 'Pigeon Post' displaying news and weather bulletins relating to the popular local pastime of  pigeon racing,  but the last time I looked it was just a window.

4 comments:

  1. On Facebook Jonathan Williams said:

    Yes, I remember taking a pair of boots in to be repaired by old JH in April 1974. I put the ticket in my coat pocket, but being a nice summer that year, I didn't wear my coat again til October, and forgot all about it. So I went back, ticket in hand. He looked me up and down and said 'Aye Lad, them'll be ready Thursday'

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  2. I do not wish to know that...(comment from Facebook)

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  3. On Facebook Jonathan Williams said:

    Admittedly it's a load of old Cobblers

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  4. This is the very reason they stopped selling beer in Boots.It runs out through the lace-holes...etc...etc...(comment from Facebook)

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