OXYDOL Embossed 10 Qt Galvanized detergent Pail, Early 1900s, Americana Design, Decorating, Home Décor. Original and Authentic.
SUCH a Precious piece of OLD EARLY Americana!! This is a VERY early Oxydol laundry detergent pail.
Wonderful piece collectible as both an early USA Advertisement piece AND AS A functioning piece of old Americana. Approx. measurements: 9-1/4” tall, 10-3/4” dia. on top, 8-3/4” dia. on bottom.
Pail is embossed OXYDOL around the top of both sides. Also embossed with a number 10, centered on the bottom defines the 10-quart capacity of the pail. Has original handle too!
Just a Prized DESIGN piece, especially in a country, primitive, historical or eclectic setting.
This piece stands as a testament to its Very early 1900's branding. Later pieces that you'll find are all done in cardboard with paper labels. I've researched extensively...and haven't even been able to FIND an early (metal container) piece like this to compare to.
Found "as is" in Central Wisconsin, it's just one of those truly ONE of a KIND display pieces that designers SEARCH for.
Could hold soap bars and hand towels and free-stand in a bathroom....OR....use it like they used to actually use it back in the early 1900's with laundry detergent or whitener inside!! …OR… you can use it as a planter, as it has a couple of tiny holes near the bottom and light rust, as do so many older pails that don’t even have this history. LIVING history in your home is what you have with this pail.
A little background on this company which still exists (somewhat) today. The Oxydol brand began in 1914 when the William Waltke Soap Company began selling Oxydol in St. Louis. The name for the powdered detergent came from the oxygen within the bleach in the formula.
It remained a regional product until Procter and Gamble purchased the company and its leading brand in 1927 and Oxydol became its first detergent.
Many of the marketing tactics that Procter & Gamble uses today began in those early days with Oxydol - (remember these?) free samples, coupons, advertising featuring homemakers with real laundry issues.
Oxydol was also the sponsor of the first "soap opera", the radio show "Ma Perkins". This trend of detergent brands sponsoring daytime dramas began in 1933 and continued for more than seventy-five years.
Oxydol became a leading brand due to savvy advertising but also because of its whitening power.
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