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Object ID 001529

Object Name Ivory Soap

Object Desc A blue and white package made by Procter and Gamble that contains soap.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001253

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 1960s

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

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

Title Ivory Soap

Description This is a blue and white package that contains soap made by Procter and Gamble. The front has a number of different designs that looks like crown molding. It says "Ivory Soap. Procter and Gamble, Net Weight 9 1/2 oz." It also has the stamp of procter and gamble in the lower left hand corner of the moon and stars. the top says "99 44/100% Pure." The bottom of the package says "It floats." On the right hand side it does not say anything, it just has the background. The left hand side of the package is missing. The back of the package talks about the history of how ivory soap has been made and the product guarantee. It says One Cake, Large Size. Made in the USA, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 near the bottom on the back. It also has pen writing on it that says M87.47.1 just to the left of One Cake, Large Size.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 4.75

Width 3

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 CMY001253



Date FEB 19,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes There is some edgewear on the package. On the left side the package is missing. there are holes developing in the upper right hand corner of the package as well.


Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Location change

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