Royal Drene Shampoo

Royal Drene Shampoo

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Drene shampoo was introduced by Procter & Gamble of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the mid-1930s. It was the first modern synthetic (no soap) shampoo and it marked the company’s entrance into the hair care business. In 1946 and 1947 Procter & Gamble sponsored a variety radio program called Drene Time which featured singing and comedy acts, including the Bickersons, played by Don Ameche and Frances Langford. Procter & Gamble produced Drene in the United States until the 1970s.
Royal Drene Shampoo was produced by Procter & Gamble from 1956 to 1968. This bottle sold during the 1960s.
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Object Name
hair care product
Object Type
date made
ca 1962-1968
Procter & Gamble Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
associated place
United States: Louisiana, Saint Martinville
Physical Description
glass (container material)
plastic (container material)
paper (container material)
overall: 4 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 10.16 cm x 4.445 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
Hair Care Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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By the way: Is this already common knowledge? ( I'm in doubt): As I read in 'Yeager, An Autobiography', he used DRENE Shampoo in his experimental flights with the X-1 aircraft against windshield freezing. According to a proposal of his first attendant. They also continued to use it even when they became a bottle with special anti-freeze mix which costed 18 Dollar per unit. To make a long story short: DRENE Shampoo helped essential to establish the first supersonic flight.. ( I read the German translation, 'Yeager, Schneller als der Schall'. It is on page 166.)
Correction: Matter of fact they didn't 'become a bottle', but they got one..
There has to be a way this amazing shampoo can be brought back pleeeeezzzzz.
Hello. Do you know the origin of the name, 'Drene'? Did it refer to one of the ingredients? Thank you.
"I miss Drene Shampoo a lot I would use it in my teens and youth, no other shampoo is currently a match for it regarding hair care, it is real pity is not available anymore."

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