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Object ID 002138

Object Name Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Soap

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

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001644

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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 Old Colonial Lavender Soap,Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co.,bar soap,soap,

Title Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Soap

Description A paper label that is white, black and red that is wrapped around a bar of soap that was made by the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. On the front of the package it says "Colgate's Old Colonial Lavender Toilet Soap" in black and red. Then below it is an image of a 16th century gentlemen on one knee before a lady in front of a tree. The top of the packaging are blank. The sides say "A white perfumed toilet soap" in light blue. The back says "Colgate's reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Co. Made in U.S.A." The same image of the tree from the front is on the back.


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Height 3

Length 2

Width 1

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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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.

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Image Caption CMY1644



Date MAY 11,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The front label is stained. Edge-wear at the corners of the seams. The top fold is starting to unfold. The back is stained as well.