Boğos Kurpikyan Shoe Store in Eminönü Sultan Hamam Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey at begining of the 20th Century. There is the information about this store sells “North British” shoes on advertising labels on the window and the hanging sign.
The North British Rubber Company started production making tyres, conveyors, combs, golf balls, hot water bottles and rubber flooring and rubber boots. Rubber boot production was boosted by World War I as the War Office commissioned The North British Rubber Company to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the flooded trenches. During the war 1,185,036 pairs of trench boots were made, with mills running 24 hours a day to keep up with the Army’s demand. North British Rubber was bought by Uniroyal Limited in 1966, and sold on a number of times subsequently before a management buy-out in 2004 established an independent company, Hunter Boot Limited.