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Object ID 001844

Object Name Lilac Imperial Soap

Object Desc It is a green and purple paper label that contains toliet soap that was made by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001451

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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,Lilac Imperial Soap,Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.,bar soap,cleaning,

Title Lilac Imperial Soap

Description It is a green and purple package that contains toilet soap that was made by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. The front of the package says "Lilac Imperial" in purple and white. Below that is an image of a royal crown. At the bottom front it says "Colgate." On the back fo the back it says: "A White Perfumed Toilet Soap. 'Colgate and Lilac Imperial' US. Pat Off. Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. Made in the USA." The top and the sides are blank.


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Height 3

Length 2

Width 1

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin


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.

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Image Caption CMY001451



Date MAR 26,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The folded edges have lost some of the adhesive holding the packaging together. There is some edgewear at the corners. The packaging has suffered some water damage, leaving spotty discoloration and staining.