Bathtub Art Museum

a museum dedicated to the art of the bath

9/2021: Postcard Exhibit 7: Soapy Kid Ads

The kids are back in school, and it's time for a bath to wash off the dirt and mud from Summer fun. Here we have early Advertising images reproduced on modern postcards showing a variety of soaps we've never heard of—or at least I haven't. The ads feature children and sometimes a pet, and a variety of tubs, many freestanding without modern plumbing. Most of these images are from The Robert Opie Collection, Museum of Advertising & Packaging, Gloucester, England.

Knight's "Family Health"

Savon Starlight (image: 1899)

Vinola: Bathtub Series

Pears' Soap (image: c1895)

Sunlight Soap (c1895)

Ivy Soap: It floats

Pears' Soap: Impudence

I'd Forgotten my Pears

Pears Soap: Good Morning!

Price's Bath Bouquet

All postcards depicted are part of the Bathtub Art Museum Collection