Reckitt and Sons marketed their product in a similar non-descriptive way as the other famous marketing brands of the era such as Lever's Sunlight Soap and Coleman's Mustard. The Zebra of course appeared on their tins and on the advertising which
often portrayed cute children in combination with a zebra called Zebo.
but sometimes there was not a zebra in sight, only stripes.
While trying to find some images to go with my photograph for this post I came across a great lamentation that modern day grate polish for things such as wood burning stoves does not give the same results as the old Zebra or Zebo products. The conclusion was that you would have to recreate it from scratch. It originally consisted of pure black graphite finely ground, carbon black, a binding agent and a solvent to keep it fluid for application. The problem with modern products is that they have a water based binding agent to make them idiot proof (and additionally absolve the manufacturer from any disaster involving their customers in chemicals) however the fact that it is water based means it does not enter deeply enough into the substrate of the cast iron. Who knew I would learn all that while trying to find images for an ABC post.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at Z here