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Object ID 003945

Object Name Colgate Cup Soap for Shaving

Object Desc Red box with white letters containing one cake of shaving soap.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003526a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Personal Care


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Barber Shop Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1953

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soap,shaving,barber shop,Colgate,

Title Colgate Cup Soap for Shaving

Description Red cardboard box with white letters (a) containing one cake of shaving soap (b). Box says "Colgate Cup Soap" on two sides, "Colgate Cup Soap for shaving" on top and bottom. One side says "Net weight 1 3/4 oz. Colgate-Palmolive Co. Jersey City, N.J." Other side says "'Colgate' Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Made in U.S.A." Inside box is cream colored cake of soap with "Colgate-Palmolive Co. Jersey City NJ Made in USA" stamped into top. There are words and a design stamped into the bottom of the soap but the soap has eroded to the point that it is unreadable.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 2.5

Width 2.5

Depth 1

Diameter 2.25

Circumference 7.5

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details HLW dimensions are of box, diameter, depth, and circumference measure the cake of soap

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Maker Details 1806: William Colgate starts a starch, soap and candle business on Dutch Street in New York City. 1857: Upon the death of founder William Colgate, the company is reorganized as Colgate & Company under the management of Samuel Colgate, his son. 1864: B.J. Johnson opens a soap factory in Milwaukee, WI, which later becomes the Palmolive Company. 1926: Soap manufacturers Palmolive and Peet merge to become Palmolive-Peet Company. 1928: Colgate merges with Palmolive-Peet to become Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company. 1953: Colgate-Palmolive Company becomes company's official name.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3526a-b



Date JAN 18,2016

Summary Fair

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Box is faded and worn. Several tears and one large puncture indented through box. Corner wear on all corners. Some dark stains, the number 10 written in black ink on one side. Soap cake is dried, resulting in tiny beads of white covering the surface of the cream colored soap cake. Has eroded the surface to the point that the stamped lettering is difficult to read on the top and impossible to read on the bottom. Very hard and brittle.




Date JAN 18,2016

Notes Having seen another image online, the bottom of the cake of soap should say "Colgate's Cup Soap" with an image of a lathered shaving brush.