Stove polish

Stove polish

The outside of stoves was generally “painted” black with stove polish but, because of the heat, the coating tended to burn off. To keep the stove from rusting required the regular application of polish. Since the stove would likely still be hot when the new polish was added, the polish was generally waterbased to eliminate any fire hazard.
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Dixon had found use for graphite as a stove polish and an additive in lubricants, foundry facings, brake linings, oil-less bearings and non-corrosive paint, and for making pencils, as well as the crucibles, which are containers for molten metals and minerals.
Charley also sold fancy boxed writing paper, and stove polish, a staple item always in demand.