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Object ID 002098

Object Name Fels-Naptha

Object Desc Bar of soap contained in creme, green, and red package with brand name of Fels-Naptha.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001610

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Cleaning Products


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location H. Grafman Grocery Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Fels-Naptha (brand),Henkel,soap,naptha,bar soap,cleaning,

Title Fels-Naptha

Description This bar of soap is contained in a creme, green, and red package. Throughout the background of the package it says Fels-Naptha Soap. The front side of the soap states the name again in big letters with a green background. The top, bottom, left and right sides all state the same as the front. The back side says that is is the genuine original naptha soap. It cleans everything cleanable. And the full directions are inside the wrapper. To prevent any more damage from coming to the back, I refrained from opening the package.


Approx Collection Date

Height 2.5

Length 4.5

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 Henkel

Maker Details Fels-Naptha is an American brand of bar laundry soap used for pre-treating stains on clothing and as a home remedy for exposure to poison ivy and other skin irritants. Fels-Naptha is manufactured by and is a trademark of the Henkel corporation. The original Fels-Naptha, developed by Philadelphia manufacturer Joseph Fels around 1893, was used as a home remedy in the treatment of contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, and other oil-based organic skin-irritants. Washing the skin directly with the soap helps wash away the toxin.The company was founded in 1876 in Aachen as Henkel & Cie[3] by Fritz Henkel (a 28 year-old merchant who was interested in science) and two more partners. They marketed his first product "Universalwaschmittel", a universal detergent based on silicate. Henkel still exists today, and has acquired businesses like Clorox and Dial to its company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1610



Date MAY 7,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes there is staining in the lower left hand corner of the package. Lots of edge-wear along the folded edges. There is a rip on the right hand side 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