Pub Sign Photo Study The Wellington – Weaste – Salford

Photo taken by me – The Wellington pub inn sign Weaste Salford
Preston, England
June 19, 2016 9:15am CST
Most signs depicting the Duke Of Wellington show great reverence to the politician and military hero of Waterloo, often portraying him in distinguished military uniform, sometimes on the battlefield. This sign depicts him as a cartoonish living Wellington boot, with a hat and a field telescope. It looks like the kind of political satire you’d expect from early editions of Punch magazine. Wellington actually did initiate the creation of the boot that was given his name though the boot he asked military footwear makers to create was just a modification to existing hessian boots to allow them to cover the knees for cavalry officers, to afford them better bullet proofing. As gunners would aim for the horses rather than the riders many cavalry men received crippling leg and knee wounds so taller, heavily padded yet more flexible boots were an early foreshadowing of modern Kevlar body armour. The Wellingtons used by gardeners and walkers don’t tend to cover the knees. This sign wittily turns Wellington into a boot himself. I wonder if he would have been amused? Arthur Chappell
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jun 16
I agree, I wonder what he might think
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@JudyEv (130090)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jun 16
I didn't know this about Wellington boots. It's a cute sign.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Jun 16
I hope he would be amused, because that's the funniest sign yet.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
19 Jun 16
I bet you Wellington would have been offended! Love the sign myself.
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@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
19 Jun 16
That is a funny clever one.
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