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Object ID 001523

Object Name P&G White Laundry Soap

Object Desc a blue and white package that was made by procter and gamble.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001244

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 1940

End Year Range 1946

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,Procter & Gamble,Gamble, James,P&G White Naphtha Soap,Procter, William,cleaning,bar soap,laundry,

Title P&G White Laundry Soap

Description A blue and white package that was manufacturered by Procter and Gamble. The front of the package states "P and G" in white then "white laundry soap. Procter and Gamble. Made in U.S.A." in blue. It is patent by the US. The sides of the soap all say Pand G. The back of the package states "This is the new P and G White Laundry Soap. Because of conditions caused by the war, we are producing it in place of P and G The White Naphtha Soap. P and G's many friends will find this new soap as safe for washable colors as ever, and still easier on hands. It has all the cleansing power which has made P and G the largest-selling bar soap in the world. You'll like it for laundry, dishes and cleaning." the near the bottom on the back it says P and G white laundry soap again.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 4.5

Width 2.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Procter and Gamble

Maker Details William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker, both born in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, emigrated from England and Ireland respectively. They settled in Cincinnati initially and met when they married sisters, Olivia and Elizabeth Norris. Alexander Norris, their father-in-law, called a meeting in which he persuaded his new sons-in-law to become business partners. On October 31, 1837, as a result of the suggestion, Procter & Gamble was created.In the 1880s, Procter & Gamble began to market a new product, an inexpensive soap that floats in water. The company called the soap Ivory. William Arnett Procter, William Procter's grandson, began a profit-sharing program for the company's workforce in 1887. By giving the workers a stake in the company, he correctly assumed that they would be less likely to go on strike. The company still exists today and is considered an International business.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001244



Date FEB 19,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes There is a lot of edgewear along the seams of the package. It has some creases. There is a hole that is starting on the right side of the package. It is also stained and dusty.