Kiwi Shoe Polish: Shine Sir (1914)

Kiwi Shoe Polish: Shine Sir (1914)
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This Kiwi shoe polish cinema advertisement is a short narrative about two boys who want to apply for the vacant positions at the Imperial Hotel, London. The hotel’s boot staff have departed to join the Army. The two boys lament that they can not clean boots so an Australian soldier buys them a tin of Kiwi boot polish each. The Hotel Manager is so impressed with the boys’ work that he hires them for a trial.

After their trial goes surprisingly well, the hotel manager exclaims 'You boys and Kiwi are the goods’! The advertisement ends with a close-up of an animated drawing of Kiwi Boot Polish and the Kiwi bird that squawks the words 'Kiwi! Kiwi! Kiwi!’.

Summary by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers