Friday, February 25, 2011


I had no idea what to post this Friday - that is until I decided to polish my shoes.
This is the Australian icon shoe polish - KIWI.
We don't have Kiwis in Australia - It was a native bird to New Zealand. Strange!!!!
The current Kiwi shoe polish tin I used this morning.

A couple of early newspaper advertisements


You'll love this little clip - nothing to do with shoe polish.


  1. Kiwi is the predominate brand of shoe polish in the US. So much so that I don't remember anything else. Those cans populate my earliest memories.

    And I never knew it was Australian!

  2. Today it's owned by Sara Lee which I think may have US connections - the product is now made in Indonesia.
    FYI - Kiwi is the brand name of a shoe polish, first made in Australia in 1906 and as of 2005[update] sold in almost 180 countries. Owned by the Sara Lee Corporation since 1984, it is the dominant shoe polish in some countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, where it has about two-thirds of the market.

    The polish was developed in Australia by William Ramsay who named it Kiwi after the flightless bird endemic to New Zealand, the home country of his wife, Annie Elizabeth Meek Ramsay. Its success in Australia expanded overseas when it was adopted by both the British and American armies in World War I.

  3. Interesting so now I know why polish that is not from NZ is called kiwi. Love that last clip it is great fun LOL. Diane

  4. I really like that clip too Diane and you will find more clips by typing in KIWI on you tube.

  5. Kiwi was a popular brand of shoe polish in the UK as well when I was child, maybe still is! Interesting to learn the origins.

  6. LLM - It actually surprised me a little about its origins but more so its growth throughout the world.


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