Kirkman Borax Soap

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
The handy golden bar-- that lightens your work. Gives heaps of suds for dishes and laundry. Helps remove stubborn spots from clothes. Brightens stoves, refrigerators, sinks, tile and chrome. Makes walls, woodwork, and floors glisten. Most economical mild and gentle to lovely hands.
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date made
product launch by Kirkman
Kirkman and Son was bought by Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive Company
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (packaging material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 10.795 cm x 3.81 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Helen Dietrich and Julie Gorski
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National Museum of American History


While demolishing a building in upstate New York my husband pulled a wooden board from inside a wall that says “Kirkman & Son, Makers of Pure Laundry Soaps, Estab 1837 30 Catharine St. NY” The spelling of the street name was interesting.
I am refinishing a rush chair. When taking apart the seat I found a part of a Kirk man soap powder box. It is blue. If there is a date range for that color perhaps I could assume about when the chair was made. Legend has it it was made by uncle john who was a cobbler immigrant. Thank you. Any help is appreciated.
"I live in a condominium in Brooklyn, New York, that was once the Kirkman Soap Factory. We are in a townhouse that used to be one of the loading docks in the building where they stored the glycerin."

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