One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Black paste or polish, especially that used on shoes.
- ‘Until the 1939-45 war, Allcocks coated their reels with some sort of blacking that looked wonderfully used, even when it was new.’
- ‘The blacking warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford-stairs.’
- ‘I never even got to go to school, instead spending my childhood working first in a blacking factory and later as an attendant on the Vomitron ride at Luna Park.’
- ‘A close examination of the ‘kit’ reveals several shoemakers' hammers, peg rasps, a blacking brush, a grooving knife, a shoe last, an awl, and an expandable boot form.’
- ‘A blacking warehouse was an establishment manufacturing, packaging and distributing blacking, for cleaning boots and shoes.’
- ‘Within two years, Charles was sent to work at a blacking factory in the Strand.’
- ‘He became deeply unhappy when his father was imprisoned for debt and he worked for a time in a blacking warehouse.’
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