Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Waitangi Day


Kiwi shoe polish was developed in Australia and is now part of the Sara Lee Corporation, so no connection to New Zealand there. Then I found this:

In 1906, William Ramsay had developed an unusually fine boot polish to which he gave the name ‘KIWI’. The choice of the name KIWI as a trademark was a tribute to William’s wife who was a native of New Zealand, home of the KIWI bird and New Zealand's national emblem. During Ramsay's visit to New Zealand he had noticed the quaint, wingless birds with their crisp, glossy plumage. The kiwi bird design looked good on the small round tin, and the name was easy to see and attractive to look at.

Happy Waitangi Day, Kiwis.

Visit the City Daily Photo Waitangi Day page.

8 comments:

Dina said...

Your investigation paid off! Nice picture and facts.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well done Ann, nice bit of detective work there!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

We even have Kiwi polish here. Didn't realize it was actually connected to NZ. Thanks for the info.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Clever contribution.

LONDONLULU said...

That's a great find! I use this and never realized the actual connection to NZ - how wonderful.

Peter said...

Not made of kiwis, phew!

Jim said...

Good one.

JM said...

I love this entry on the NZ Day theme! :-)