A dexterity puzzle advertising “Star Soap” brand soap. The puzzle is a round metal tin with painted interior and plastic cover. The interior has a green background and depicts a caricature of a man’s head and shoulders. He is painted black with black hair and a wide, red mouth. He is wearing a blue shirt with four black buttons. The black text above and below the image reads [BUY STAR SOAP / SCHULTZ & Co ZANESVILLE, O.] Five (5) white plastic balls are enclosed in the tin. They can be "caught" in the man's mouth. The back of the tin is plain silver-toned metal. Adhered to the back is a white sticker with black handwriting reads [$65 00].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.