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It is different from shoe polish, which is used to impart shine and colour to leather.
Dubbin has been used since medieval times to waterproof and soften leather boots.
- "dub1". askoxford.com. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
- Other references
-  - Material Safety Data Sheet - Joseph Lyddy dubbin.
-  - Opportunities for industry and the safe investment of capital (1859) Rothman, E., Lippincott, USA
- Jarell, T.D., Holman, H.P., (1923) Effects of Treating Materials and Outdoor Exposure upon Water Resistance and Tensile Strength of Cotton Duck, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Bureau of Chemistry, Washington.
- Norton, F.J., (1945) Waterproofing Treatments of Materials, Patent Number 2386259, Serial Number 452,885, United States Patent Office.
- Holman, H.P., Jarrell, T.D., (date unknown) The Effects of Waterproofing Materials and Outdoor Exposure upon the Tensile Strength of Cotton Yarn, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 15(3), US Department of Agriculture, Washington.
- Stewart, C.S., (1977) Factors Affecting the Cellulolytic Activity of Rumen Contents, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, pp. 497–502
- Johan' Dubbin Page - a leathercrafter's perspective of this leather conditioner.
- Pappy's Dubbin - a USA manufacturer of the old style, hand-made dubbin. "Just like they used to do it."
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