Jergens Violet Glycerine Shampoo

The Andrew Jergens Company began in 1882 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the Jergens Soap Company. By the turn of the 20th century, the company had expanded to include a number of beauty care and cosmetic products and would soon launch its most famous product, Jergens Lotion. Andrew Jergens Company was acquired by the international beauty company Kao in 1988.
Newspaper advertisements for this particular product can be found ranging from 1918 to 1932. Violet was used to make the hair smell good, and glycerine, a naturally occurring by-product of soap making, is a humectant, attracting water to the skin.
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Object Name
hair care product
date made
Andrew Jergens Company
Physical Description
paper (container material)
cork (container material)
coconut oil (product active ingredients)
glass (container material)
olive oil (product active ingredients)
alcohol, 9% (product active ingredients)
overall: 7 cm x 4 cm x 18 cm; 2 3/4 in x 1 9/16 in x 7 1/16 in
overall: 7 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 18.0975 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
Canada: Ontario, Perth
United States: New York, New York
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Hair Care Products
Health & Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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