A woman cleans the pavement. Housewives in the 1930s would often use donkey stones to whiten their steps and the pavements outside their houses.
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notice the bottle of Lanry next to the bucket.This was locally produced bleach.
Dont forget the bottle of lanry bleach
Donkey stones were produced in both creamy yellow and white. You could get them in exchange for scrap or clothing from the rag and bone man who used to ride is horse and cart round the streets shouting Bone, Rag Bone. They were used to clean doorsteps up to the mid 1950s.
I was instructed by my mum to use a donkey stone and bleach if we ever had a death in the street. When I scrubbed the outside of our house clean she would wait for the hursre to come past and throw the bleach water over the pavement I had just cleaned. She said it was to stop me getting sick!
So what happened to Lanry? We grew up in Altrincham (not a million miles from Bolton) during WW2 and for us Lanry was a generic like Hoover – no-one asked for bleach, they asked for Lanry.
I was the owner of Lanry agency, and served it to 300 outlets, it was produced by Mc Brides of Middleton it was around the 1980s, after a short time I sold it on,
Thanks Ray. Any idea what happened to it afterwards?
We used Lanry over in the West Riding (Featherstone). Looked like a lemonade bottle (!) and I remember my mother saying the name came from the last bits of the names Alan and Harry somebody?
We also used Lanry and it did get it,s name from Alan and Harry Towers.
We lived in Reddish,Stockport then and it was a great treat to return the empty Lanry bottle to the shop, we got fourpence, that got me into Reddish Baths and a penny hovis from Hobsons opposite afterwards.
Who were Alan and Harry Towers??
It’s a joke in our home here in penzance for some reason l remember it from when l was a child in Bradford West Yorkshire in the fifties My late mother used it all the time as she cleaned the outside of our back to back house there was only Landry nothing else nothing else
I lived in Harpurhey 1943-1968 and my mum had a ladies hairdressers shop on Rochdale Road. We always bought and used Lanry and o think I remember Melry?
My father ran hardware business in rural Leicestershire from the early fifties up to the late sixties and sold Lanry bleach. As far as I know ours was the only place locally that sold it. The business was bought from my grandfather who ran it from the early twenties up to selling it to my father. Lanry had certainly been sold in my grandfather’s time.
It was never common in Leics, and I haven’t seen it for years. I’ve often wondered what happened to the brand. I have lived in Kent for nearly 40 years and people here have never heard of it.
I’d love to know when it stopped being made.
I remember my mother using Lanry and Melry in Manchester in the late forties and early fifties. I believe they were very similar.
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