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Object ID 002057

Object Name Kirkman Borax Soap

Object Desc A black, white, and red paper package containing soap that was made by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001586

Alternate ID

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 Kirkman Borax Soap,Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.,soap,borax,cleaning,laundry,bar soap,

Title Kirkman Borax Soap

Description The background color of the soap bar package is white. The front of the package says: "Kirkman Borax Soap" in black. It says "save coupon" in red and white in the center front. It is patent as well. The left and right sides of the package states the products name again. The top states "Kirkman use in hot or cold water", but includes a red and white stamp that says "First in Quality. Kirkman Soap Products. Since 1837." the bottom of the package states "Kirkman Borax Soap for nearest premium store address, as your grocery, see your telephone book, or write for catalog to, Kirkman & Son Division of Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. Brooklynn N.Y. Made in U.S.A." The bottom side is where the coupon is located. The back side explains what is contained in the soap and the guarantee. "Kirkman double-duty soap fakes. Contains 40% more pure white flakes than most other leading brands of luxery flakes." On the right hand side on the back it has an image of a Kirkman soap box in red and white.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.25

Length 4.25

Width 1.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



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 CMY1586



Date APR 30,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Edge-wear along the seams of the package. On the top lower right side there is a formation of a tear along the edge. May have seen some water damage. The package has a lot of creases, most are near the folds. Some staining on the top and back side of the package.


Date APR 30,2014

Summary Location change

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