Procter & Gamble Company Product Packaging Collection, 1940s-1970s
Procter & Gamble Company
Deskey, Donald 1894-
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI)
2 cu. ft. : 7 boxes
Established in 1837, Procter & Gamble began as a soap and candle company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has since grown to include other personal and household cleansers, cosmetics, pet food, laundry products, and multiple other products. It developed and began marketing Ivory Soap in 1879.
Collection is comprised of sample packages, and signs for Procter & Gamble products. The samples were for test marketing product names. Some of the products have the date stamped on the item. The industrial designer Donald Deskey designed a number of the packages. Most of the materials are personal care products, but there is a substantial amount of household products.
Procter & Gamble Company Product Packaging Collection, 1940s-1970s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Procter & Gamble Company International Headquarters Garden 1984-1985
Bentley Meisner Associates, Inc.
Kohn Pedersen Fox (Firm)
1 folder+ 94 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Ohio, Hamilton County, Cincinnati
Procter & Gamble Company International Headquarters Garden (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Designed by Bentley Meisner Associates, Inc., this urban garden plaza covers two city blocks and was completed in 1985. Highly structured, formal, and symmetrical, it also lends a romantic touch to its large scale city setting. Matched tree groupings, a bosque, and display beds that change with the seasons surround and complement rectangular grass parterres. Wisteria-covered pergolas enclose walkways on the perimeters of the site.
Persons and firms associated with the garden include: Bentley Meisner Associates, Inc. (landscape architects, 1982-1985); Kohn Pedersen Fox (architects); and the Ammon Nursery (nurserymen).
The folder includes worksheets and copies of articles about the garden.
Garden has been featured in Landscape Architecture in Ohio: Designs for Livable Places (Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, 1985), p. 12
Garden has been featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer, March 24, 1987
crate label: 12 in x 17 3/4 in; 30.48 cm x 45.085 cm
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
This shipping crate side contained Ivory soap flakes manufactured by the Procter & Gamble Company of Cincinnati, Ohio during the early 20th century. Soap flakes combined with water could be used for a variety of cleaning tasks
overall: 14.7 cm x 3.5 cm x 2.8 cm; 5 13/16 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in
overall, box: 1 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 14.605 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall, tube: 5 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in x 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 3.81 cm x 2.2225 cm
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Prell Shampoo was introduced by Procter & Gamble, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1947. This particular tube of Concentrated Prell Radiant Shampoo dates to around 1957 and was likely designed by Donald Deskey, a pioneer of modern industrial design. Deskey created packaging for many Procter & Gamble products, including the well-known Crest tube of toothpaste, Jif peanut butter, and Tide detergent.
Earlier in his career, Deskey designed the interior of Radio City Music Hall and worked on the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the year before his death, Deskey gave some of his papers to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City.
Prell’s viscous green liquid and unbreakable bottle, featured in memorable advertising, made it fodder for many references in entertainment including television shows like Drawn Together,Seinfeld and The Simpsons. In the 1996 movie The Rock, Prell was used to represent the deadly VX gas. Prell was one of the highest selling shampoos in 1977 and is still sold today (2012) by Ultimark Products.