Object ID 001537
Object Name P&G White Naphtha Soap
Object Desc A blue and white package that was made by Procter and Gamble that contains soap.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001262
General Category History
Category Cleaning Products
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit
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Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords soap,Procter & Gamble,P&G White Naphtha Soap,Proctor, William,Gamble, James,cleaning products,laundry,naphtha,bar soap,
Title P&G White Naphtha 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 "the white Naphtha 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 it has a crest in the top center that says it was "test and approved by Good Housekeeping institute, Good Housekeeping Magazine." then it states "P and G is a fine white soap recommended for laundry, dishes and general cleaning. Washing with P and G is the thrifty way to get white clothes sparkling white-- extra dirty clothes really clean. Its quick, active suds are safe for washable colors and for your hands. P and G White Naphtha is the largest selling bar laundry soap in America."
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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.
Date FEB 19,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes A lot of edgewear along the seams of the package. It looks like on the bottom it has seen some water damage as well. It is creased, stained and dusty.