Crazy Foam - the Toy that Cleans - Parrot


In 1965, the Aerosol Corporation of America, a division of Shulton, Inc. since 1961, launched the “Crazy Foam” line of aerosol children’s bath soaps. The soap was dispensed in shaving cream style aerosol cans with specially designed plastic caps depicting cartoon-like heads of animals and other figures. With a push of the button soap would foam out of the beak of a duck or a parrot, or from the mouth of a clown or skeleton, or many other “crazy” creatures. The mid-1960s designs were replaced in the 1970s with a line of licensed comic book characters and many other iterations followed. The museum’s collection includes 14 of the original 1960s designs as well as engineering drawings for many of the Crazy Foam heads.

As promised on the can, “Crazy Foam is Crazy! It’s a wonderful foamy soap that bounces, molds, decorates, floats . . . and “Cleans like Crazy” while you play!”

Date Made: 1965

Maker: Aerosol Corporation of America

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Wellesley, Wellesley Hills

Subject: Soap


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Credit Line: Gift of American Cyanamid Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0024.05Catalog Number: 1993.0024.05Accession Number: 1993.0024

Object Name: personal hygiene productsoap, noveltyOther Terms: Soap, Aerosol Can of; Personal Hygiene; Novelity; Liquid, Aerosol

Physical Description: soap (product material)blue (overall color)green (overall color)pink (overall color)black (overall color)white (overall color)Measurements: overall: 8 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 21.2725 cm x 6.0325 cm x 8.5725 cm


Record Id: nmah_1122463

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