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Object ID 001120

Object Name Johnson's Pumice Soap

Object Desc Two Johnson's Pumice Soap boxes, containing soap. Both are in gray boxes made by the B.J. Johnson Soap Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000982a-l

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Cleaning Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,pumice soap,Johnson's Pumice Soap,B. J. Johnson Soap Company,cleaning,Palmolive Company,boxes,bar soap,

Title Johnson's Pumice Soap

Description Both soap boxes have labels on all six sides. The front and back side labels have the name and a image of a man washing his hands. On the right and left sides states that Johnson's Pumice Soap lathers freely, cleans quickly, does not harm the skin. The top of the box states that the soap is made by the B.J. Johnson Soap Co. in Milwaukee and it is invaulable to those who work in blue collar jobs. The bottom of the boxes state that using the pumice soap that it can remove a variety of grime from the skin, but will not damage it. the soap itself has indented writing of the company, location and what kind of soap it is on the top and bottom.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 3

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details the length of the boxes are 3.25 inches, height 1.25 inches, and width is 2.25 inches.

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker B. J. Johnson Soap Co.

Maker Details In 1864 B.J. Johnson opens a soap factory in Milwaukee, WI, which later becomes the Palmolive Company. In 1898, B.J. Johnson developed a soap formula, and his company (the B.J. Johnson Soap Company) introduced Palmolive soap the same year. This new soap was made of palm and olive oils and became popular in a short amount of time; Palmolive became so popular that B.J. Johnson Soap Company changed its name to Palmolive. At the turn of the century, Palmolive was the world's best-selling soap. Today the company is know as the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY000982a-l



Date JAN 2,2014

Summary A: good B: poor

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes A: has some slight wear on bottom label which makes the writing hard to read. Also some edge wear along the seams. B: Has suffered water damage to the back right labels along with some edge wear. The bottom label has suffered some staining and a bit of water damage as well.