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Object ID 001527

Object Name Ivory Soap

Object Desc A blue and white package of medium ivory soap made by Procter and Gamble.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001251

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Cleaning Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Gamble, James,Ivory Soap,Procter & Gamble,Procter, William,cleaning products,grooming,bar soap,soap,

Title Ivory Soap

Description It is a blue and white package that was manufactured by Procter and Gamble. the front of the package says "Ivory Soap 99 44/100% Pure...It Floats." The sides all say the same thing "Ivory Medium." The back of the package has an image of a baby walking on the clothes line and holding an umbrella for balance. It says "Gay White Way! Ivory leaves white clothes white-- colors brillant-- your whole wash sweet-smelling. And clothes are safe-- so safe -- entrusted to pure mild Ivory. Ivory Soap. Procter and Gamble. Made in U.S.A."


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 4

Width 2.5

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 CMY001251



Date FEB 19,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The package has a lot of edge wear. There is creasing throughout the package. It looks like it might have suffered some water damage particularly to the right side of the package.


Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Bay View Pharmacy from H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit - automatic entry by admin