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Donation of the Month

1996.59.1, Joan Jessup
1976.500.5, Lillian Figge 

Cleanliness is next godliness as the saying goes.  And while a few civilizations for a brief moment did not adhere to this philosophy, it is known that bathing has been a way of life since ancient times.  The first of the famous Roman baths, supplied with water from their aqueducts, was built about 312 B.C, but it is known that the ancient Egyptians bathed on a daily basis.  By the second century A.D., the Greek physician, Galen, recommended soap for both medicinal and cleansing purposes.  And since modern times soap has been made and used across the globe to cleanse the body.   

Soap is a combination of animal fat or vegetable oil and caustic soda.  It can be made at home as it was for years by women mixing oils, fats and other materials in giant steaming hot cast-iron kettles.  Soap today comes in bar or liquid form and contains much of the same ingredients handmade soap contains but also with added ingredients such as pumice or aluminum.  These and other added ingredients give the soap a gritty property for extra cleaning power, or make the soap anti-bacterial by reacting with bacteria and killing the organisms.  

Of course, when you travel you want to continue to enjoy the clean feeling of washing with soap.  Most hotels provide miniature bars of soap for their guests and most bathrooms at airports and rest stops have liquid soap.  This wasn’t always the case; and some people due to allergies or habit still travel with their own.   

Traveling with soap can be tricky.  Especially if you are traveling with a full bar of soap; while contained in its packaging the soap poses no problem, but once you use it the oil and leftover soap suds make traveling difficult.  So a metal container such as the one pictured here comes in handy.  Just the right size for a bar of soap it keeps all the oils and left over soap suds contained.  If you are only traveling for a few days you can take along a package of paper soap.  Paper soap is thin sheets of soap just the right size for one application.  Each sheet isn’t large enough to take a shower with, but you can wash your hands.  This small package will fit neatly any where and will probably pass airport security (I haven’t tried so don’t hold me to it). 

Soap is something most people don’t think about, because it has always been there.  And it has, soap has been a part of ancient and modern culture for so long we take it for granted.  Soap is so important people take it with them on trips, just in case the hotel doesn’t provide any.  So next time you reach for the soap imagine all the people across the globe who are doing the exact same action.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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