Gerald A. and Arlene L. Fingerman fabric care memorabilia

About this collection

    The over 2,400 items in the Gerald A. and Arlene L. Fingerman fabric care memorabilia collection (Accession 2009.0623.GAF) document the history of laundry products between 1875 and the 1970s. The collection contains material from over 1,000 companies and includes soapboxes and ephemera related to laundry soap, bleach, bluing, starch, pressing irons, laundry equipment, and similar products.
    The Fingerman's collecting interest in fabric care memorabilia results from their involvement in retail dry cleaning and laundry; the couple ran a business in the suburbs of Minneapolis for over thirty-two years.
    Most of the collection comes from businesses in the United States, but Holland, Switzerland, Malaysia, Australia, and Japan are also represented. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety.
    Image: Comfort Soap Dividends: Free to Everybody: Are You Drawing Them? (1920?)

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