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Object ID 002090

Object Name Galvanic Soap

Object Desc A white and orage package made by the Palmolive Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001603

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

Start Year Range

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Palmolive Company,Gavlanic Soap,soap,bar soap,cleaning,grooming,

Title Galvanic Soap

Description A white and orange paper package containing soap that was made by the Palmolive Co. The front has an image of a "god-like" figure, perhaps Zeus, on the left hand side. He has thunderbolts in his right hand and is standing on a cloud in front of the sun. He has a beard and is only were a piece of long fabric for clothes. To the right, the name of the soap "Galvanic Soap " is titled above the manufacturer name "The Palmolive Co. Milwaukee, Wis." The top of the package says the name brand again and "For full directions, Easy Washer." The bottom say the brand name and "The famous easy Washer." The left and right sides both say, "Beware of imitations. Galvanic cand be imitated, but not equaled." the back says "For full directions see other side of this wrapper. Galvanic is the best for a multitude of uses. Galvanic Soap is made exclusively of pure vegetable oils. It contains no animal fats of any kind." Each side is surrounded by an orange border.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.75

Length 4.25

Width 1

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Palmolive Co.

Maker Details 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". Around the start of the 20th century Palmolive, which contained both palm and olive oils, was the world's best-selling soap.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. Colgate-Palmolive Company still exists today.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1603



Date MAY 7,2014

Summary poor

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes There is much damage to this object. Throughout the piece, it is covered with tape to hold the paper together on the soap. The soap may not be original to the package. there is numerous amounts of fading on the front near the bottom. The right side is ripped beyond repair and is heavily stained. There is much staining throughout the package. The tape cannot be removed because of the risk to the object.


Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin