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Object ID 001890

Object Name Kirk's American Family Soap

Object Desc A black, white, and red package that contains soap that was made by Procter and Gamble.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001482

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General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Procter & Gamble,cleaning,laundry,soap,James S. Kirk Company,American Family Soap,bar soap,

Title Kirk's American Family Soap

Description It is a black, white and red package that was made by Procter and Gamble. The front says "Kirk's American Family Soap. Save this coupon. cash redemption value 2 mills." It has a dotted border to cut out the coupon. In the upper left hand corner is an American coat of arms in black and white with the A for American positioned over it. Below the coat of arms it has the Reg. US. Pat Off.The sides all say the brand name. The back of the package says: "Cut out the front panel of this wrapper and redeem it as a coupon. A complete line of valuable premiums is available in our premium store, 57 West Wackler Drive., Chicago, Ill. The front panel of this wrapper is redeemable as a coupon for premiums only in states where law permits. This coupon is not redeemable for premiums when found in the hands of brokers, speculators, or trading stamp concerns or their employees, agents, or representatives and will be confiscated when so found. It is cheaper to buy good soap than new clothes."


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 4.25

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 1



Site Details

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 CMY001482



Date APR 2,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Wear on the package over all. The soap that is inside the package sounds like it has broken up , thus making it hard for the package to hold its form. There are plenty of creases and staining. One place where the wear that may tear is in the top center on the back of the package.


Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Location change

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