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    Cobbler artist, George Brockwell hammers out works of art onto the soles of shoes.

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    Clapham, London.

    M/S George Brockwell hammering tiny nails onto the sole of a shoe,which is marked out with a picture of a cottage. He uses a magnifying glass to do some intricate work, known as pin pointing. He continues hammering in nails to mark out the cottage roof. He picks up some pincers and cuts off the nail heads. He takes the shoe off the last and takes out the spare nails he's got held in his mouth and puts them on the table.

    C/U of the painted sole of a shoe with the Taj Mahal on it, George takes the shoe and dips a brush into a pot of wax, and starts to wax the picture. C/U heel of shoe, pan across to show George painting. Next we see another pair of shoe soles with a hunting scene, including hunting dogs, and another with ships and a lighthouse on each heel - the colours are beautiful and he spends months working on the detail. George is seen reading the paper, and puts his feet up to reveal his shoe soles which have a picture of Britannia on each.

    Where do people wear shoes like these?!

    Note: Combined Print is missing.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:38:00 / 01:19:25:00
    CP 212

Comments (2)

  1. JohnG_UK says

    George Brockwell worked for Jackman's, a chain of shoe shops run by my grandfather Cecil Jackman and his nephews. George had a workshop in the Drury Lane shop and I remember being taken to see him at work. He had several pairs of shoes like those he is seen working on, laid out on a shelf above his bench. I believe that at least one pair were made for Prince Phillip as a gift from Jackman's on the occasion of his wedding to Princess Elizabeth, now our Queen.

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  2. MathildaTaylor says

    Hello John, I'm a huge fan of this pin pointing technique and am researching it at the moment. I was wondering if I may be able to talk with you or anyone you may know who has personal experience of this please? If possible, my email is mathildataylor@icloud.com


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