Soap series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, 1838-1953
Warshaw, Isadore d. 1969
3 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Miscellaneous business ephemera and advertising material related to soap, from the period ca.1838-1953. Includes substantial material from larger soap manufacturers, such as Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, and Colgate. Also, patents, trademarks, general correspondence, material on soap machinery, soap recipes, soap premiums, photographs of soap bars and wrappers, bills and receipts, and a checkerboard advertising lye products. Since many soap manufacturers also made candles, candles and related products are found in this series: e.g., baking powder, baking soda, yeast, polish, leather preservatives, grease neets foot oil, hides, tallow, wool skins, etc.; also products associated with the laundry, including starch, bluing, washing powders, and washing fluids. Images on advertising cards often depict ethnic groups in stereotypical fashion. Materials are organized alphabetically by name of manufacturer or distributor. Some general materials are arranged by type, including official documents, patents, trademarks, recipes, photographs, and import/export documents. A listing of the major brand names is also included, along with the respective manufacturers.
Soap, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box #, folder ##, digital file ###