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Object ID 001712

Object Name Swift's White Laundry Soap

Object Desc A blackand white bar of soap that was made by Swift and Company.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001365

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

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,Swift's White Laundry Soap,Swift and Company,bar soap,cleaning,

Title Swift's White Laundry Soap

Description A black and white soap package containing soap that was made by Swift and Company. The front and back are the same. It says "Swift's White Laundry Soap." The top and bottom are also the same.It says 'Swift's White Laundry Soap Good in Any Water. Swift and Company, makers of Wool Soap." The back ground on the sides and behind the written words on the top and bottom are four petaled flowers.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.25

Length 4.25

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 Swift and Company

Maker Details During the 1850s, when he was still a teenager, Gustavus F. Swift started to work in the beef business in Massachusetts. In 1875, Swift began buying cattle in Chicago to send to his family's butcher operations back East. The company soon set up a national network of branch offices, which allowed it to control the distribution of its meat across the country. Not only did this company start selling meat, but they started to make soap as well. I found an article in Kendalville Standard from 1906 that names off the soaps the company made. Annual sales reached $700 million by the late 1920s, when the total workforce of the company—which ranked as one of the largest industrial corporations in the United States. Swift stopped slaughtering in Chicago in 1953. In 1973, by which time meat had become only one of its businesses, Swift became part of Esmark Inc.From the early 1990s through the early 2000s, Conagra owned Swift's operations and is located in Greenly, Colorado.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001365



Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The bar itself is still intact. There is some stains and creases on the label. The outer plastic has been taped to hold the plastic in place. The creases may have been caused by enviromental factors that reacte with the soap.


Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 4, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin