Story: Street life



Bootblacks were relatively common on city streets until the mid-20th century. Their later disappearance may have been because New Zealanders came to see the work as demeaning – the bootblack is literally at his client’s feet – and felt uncomfortable being seen to support the trade.

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Reference: Auckland Weekly News, 30 April 1914

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Ben Schrader, 'Street life - Street trade and people, 1840–1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010