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Object ID 001590

Object Name Pure Green Arrow Soap

Object Desc A red, white, and green box of soap that was made by the Palmolive Company

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001295

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

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End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,Pure Green Arrow Soap,Palmolive Company.,laundry,cleaning,boxes,bar soap,naphtha,

Title Pure Green Arrow Soap

Description A red, white, and green soap box that is made out of cardboard. It was manufactured by the Palmolive Company. The front and back have the same label. It says "Pure Green Arrow Soap. For laundry and household uses." In the middle is a red and white circle with red and white stripes blasting out from the center. Like a sun. Over that is a and image of an arrow going to the right. It is green. The top and bottom have the same red and white stripes coming from the center. However, it says "Made by The Palmolive Co. Milwaukee USA.' In a green rectangle. The bottom says "Contains Olive oil and naphtha." The sides are the same as the front and back of the label.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 4.5

Width 1.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Palmolive Company

Maker Details In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the B.J. Johnson Company was making a soap entirely of palm oil and olive oil, the formula of which was developed by B.J. Johnson in 1898. The soap was popular enough to rename their company after it - "Palmolive". Around the start of the 20th century Palmolive, which contained both palm and olive oils, was the world's best-selling soap. In 1928, Palmolive-Peet bought the Colgate Company to create the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company. In 1953 "Peet" was dropped from the title, leaving only "Colgate-Palmolive Company", the current name.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1295



Date FEB 26,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The box has faded in color. The red is more orange and the green is more teal. There is edgewear along the seams. Especially in the corners of the box.