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Tasks in Slipper Factory

Postby Sue Harris » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:00 pm

Hello
I am researching my family history and have 2 people working at a slipper factory at Rawtenstall, Lancashire in 1939 (from 1939 Register). One was a bottom scourer and the other a bottom painter. Is anyone able to advise me what these tasks actually involved
Thanks
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Re: Tasks in Slipper Factory

Postby rooftoproy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:50 pm

Hi,
Couple of web sites will help with these and other shoe/slipper occupations:

Site will not allow me to give web sites but on the internet search for 'occupation/leather-worker'
or 'occupational info' (without the space). There's a vast array of different shoe/boot/slipper job descriptions.

But specifically to Your question
PAINTER, BOTTOM - (boot & shoe) alternate titles: bottom stainer; sole stainer
Applies ink or stain onto bottoms of leather outsoles and heels, using brush, sponge, or spray gun, to color bottoms and prepare surface for polishing. May press shoe bottom against machine bristle rollers that remove excess stain and impart preliminary finish.

SCOURER, BOTTOM polish the soles

Hope that helps.
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