Object ID 001713
Object Name Swift's White Laundry Soap
Object Desc A black and white label containing soap that was made by Swift and Company.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY001366
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,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.
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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.
Date MAR 12,2014
Assessor Brooke Uhl
Notes The soap bar is still intact. On the label there is some stains and creasing. The plastic film that is surrounding the paper label is taped on the sides. There are some tears around the edges of the paper label. Much of the label is creased that may have to do with enviromental conditions and the soap.