Soap Shipping Crate

Description (Brief)
This shipping crate side bears a label for Jap Rose brand soap that was manufactured by James S. Kirk & Company of Chicago, Illinois during the early 20th century. The yellow label has an image of a smiling Japanese woman wearing a kimono, with roses growing on a bamboo frame on the right. At this time the Japanese had a reputation for daily bathing and cleanliness which Kirk’s tried to exploit with their branding and advertising.
Currently not on view
Object Name
crate label
referenced business
James S. Kirk & Co.
Physical Description
paper (crate label material)
wood (substrate material)
crate label: 6 1/4 in x 9 in; 15.875 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Crate Labels
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Crate Labels
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
L.E. Leininger

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