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Object ID 001889

Object Name Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap

Object Desc It is a red, white and blue package containing soap that was made by Procter and Gamble.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001481

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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 Kirk's Original Coco Castile,Procter & Gamble,soap,James S. Kirk Company,cleaning,laundry,grooming,bar soap,Castile soap,

Title Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap

Description It is a red, white, and blue package that contains soap that was made by Procter and Gamble. The front says: "Kirk's Original Coco Hardwater Castile. Made from selected coconut oil." It has an image of two red arrows that are in the upper left and right hand corners point diagonally towards the center. the left and right sides say "Kirk's castile." The top says the title and then below it is has the copyright 1941 the Procter and Gamble Co. Red Arrows Reg. US Pat Off. The bottom has the title again. The back says: " Kirk's Castile. Made from selected coconut oil for creamy lather and instant suds. Kirk's Castile makes handfuls of rich creamy lather even in hardest water. This famous soap cleans thoroughly with thrilling ease. Rinses in a flash. A real family for hands, bath and shampoo. Procter and Gamble. Made in USA."


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Height 2.5

Length 4.5

Width 0.75

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



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Place of Origin

Maker Procter and Gamble

Maker Details William Procter, a candlemaker, and James Gamble, a soapmaker, both born in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, emigrated from England and Ireland respectively. They settled in Cincinnati initially and met when they married sisters, Olivia and Elizabeth Norris. Alexander Norris, their father-in-law, called a meeting in which he persuaded his new sons-in-law to become business partners. On October 31, 1837, as a result of the suggestion, Procter & Gamble was created.In the 1880s, Procter & Gamble began to market a new product, an inexpensive soap that floats in water. The company called the soap Ivory. William Arnett Procter, William Procter's grandson, began a profit-sharing program for the company's workforce in 1887. By giving the workers a stake in the company, he correctly assumed that they would be less likely to go on strike. The company still exists today and is considered an International business

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001481



Date APR 2,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The sides are taped together to hold the package together. The bar of soap is not original because it does not fit within the package. It is too small. There is a lot os staining throughout the package. There are creases due to the sides being taped together. With the soap being so small, it could lead to potential tears in the future.