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Cherry Blossom Shoe Polish
Dan & Charles Mason, pioneers of the shoe polish industry in Chiswick
Around the Works "Card Box Department"
The work of the Card Box Department at Chertsey Road consists principally of printing and producing the completed cartons and outers into which out tins are packed for despatch to customers all over the world
The card is fed into the printing units and (left) comes through in a flat carton form
The cartons we use are made of thin card, mainly printed in colour. The majority of these are produced on Chambon machines and the procedure is, briefly as follows.
We receive from our suppliers huge reels of cardboard, weighing about eleven hundredweight and up to four feet in diameter. These are attached to the Chambon machines as required and the card is automatically fed into the three-colour printing units.
After it has been printed, the card is carried on into the puncher where the shape of each completed carton is punched out and separated. Th flat pieces are stacked for drying overnight and are then ready for the final operation of gluing.
The gluing machines are normally operated by teams of four women. The first employee feeds the printed card, and as the sheets pass down the machine, each one is automatically folded and glued, emerging at the end in the form of a flat carton. It is the duty of the next two operatives to take the cartons off in bundles of 100 --- this job is facilitated by the fact that the cartons are counted by the machine in twenty-fives. The employee at the rear then ties each 100 together and sends them by roller conveyor to the Carton Store to await requisition from the Polish Department.
This machine folds and glues the cartons automatically
For small lines, hand-operated platen-cutting and creasing machines are used. The card for this work comes from our suppliers already printed to our specifications. ( even smaller lines are made up without being printed and, to these, labels are affixed on completion.) All this card is rough cut and, after passing through the platen stage, is sent to the 'clearers', who strip the waste card off.. These cartons are hand-stitched and then stored.
These Operatives are wire-stitching outers on machines capable of great speed
The outers are the large cases into which the filled cartons are fitted.
The board for these is much heavier than the carton board and comes from the mills in flat form, rough cut to measurements given by us. It is delivered in half-hundredweight bundles, the largest size used being 47 inches by 35 1/2 inches. These boards are printed on the Harrild machine, which prints two outers to each board in a two-colour sequence. The printed board is then taken to a pair of neighbouring machines where it is cut, creased and separated into two outers.
Each outer is afterwards put through a slotting machine where slots are punched to enable the flaps to be closed. The wire-stitching operation follows and each outer is perforated to allow air to circulate around the polishes. The outers are then tied in twenties ready for sending to Hogarth Lane.
For standard lines there are approximately 50 different types of carton to be made, Non-standard lines ( ones that need individual labelling ) run close to 300 more.
As well as the work described, the Card Box Department also controls, under the supervision of the Advertising Department, all poster deliveries to Home Trade. They are responsible, too, for providing the offices with many of their files, tray, blotting and scribbling pads, laminated card cabinets, etc. In short, it would be difficult to go into any part of the Chiswick Company without seeing some article that had not originated in the Card Box Department.
This article first appeared in the Vol. VIII No 8 Winter 1954 ' Forward ' The house magazine of Chiswick Products Ltd,