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Object ID 001723

Object Name Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Soap

Object Desc A paper label wrapped around a bar of soap. The label is white, red and black and was made by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001376

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Bay View Pharmacy

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.,Old Colonial brand,bar soap,cleaning,

Title Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Soap

Description A paper label that is white, black and red that is wrapped around a bar of soap that was made by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. On the front of the package it says "Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Toilet Soap" in black and red. Then below it is an image of a 16th century gentlemen on one knee before a lady in front of a tree. The top of the packaging are blank. The sides say "A white perfumed toilet soap" in light blue. The back says "Colgate's reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. Made in U.S.A." The same image of the tree from the front is on the back.


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Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.

Maker Details In 1806, William Colgate, an English soap and candle maker, opened up a starch, soap and candle factory on Dutch Street in New York City under the name of "William Colgate & Company". 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". A Missouri-based soap manufacturer known as Peet Brothers merged with Palmolive to become Palmolive-Peet. 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 CMY001376



Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Much of the bottom half of the paper label is stained. There is some edge wear along the seams.


Date MAR 12,2014

Summary Location change

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