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Christmas Customs - Old Christmas Soap Advert

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

 

Christmas Customs - Old Christmas Soap Advert

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Collecting Costume Images for Christmas

This lovely picture of a girl in a red coat in the snow advertising Sunlight Soap is one from my collection of costume prints.  It has everything I love about the diverse nature of costume history.

Such a print can be used as part of room decoration at Christmas to give a nostalgic turn of the century with a Victorian or Edwardian feel and help create a themed atmosphere in your home with perhaps Victorian girls in red coats.

Washing was a big feature of Victorian and Edwardian lifestyles behind the scenes and little girls clad in snow white pinafores were always popular in pictures.  Laundry was a never ending chore. A whole day would be spent just washing and boiling clothes especially white goods.  Another day would be spent drying the washing and a third day ironing it.  In winter it was doubly hard and clothes were mangled to remove excess water before drying an arduous task demanding some strength.   Laundry was therefore big business and then as now appealing advertisements such as these were essential to capture the growing soap market.

Sunlight Soap was invented by William Lever and by the Edwardian era, he sold 40,000 tons of soap made from a formula of tallow, palm oil and resin all in a year.  Later he moved from his Warrington premises to found the world famous Port Sunlight site.  The Lever Company is world renowned today and a giant manufacturer of soaps and other products.  Sunlight Soap is not sold in Britain anymore, but it can be found in places such as Sri Lanka and India.

Here is another soap advert, but referring to dolly blue for clothes whitening, the original optical illusion whitener and also to aniline synthetic dyes which were colourfast.  Laundry blue and optical whiteners are still used today, but are now incorporated into detergent products.

Dolly Blue, Tints and Dyes.

This picture courtesy of alldressforms

 Dolly Blue, Tints and Dyes.

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