Friends, Washerwomen and Housekeepers, lend me your ears!
Here are some examples of the Santa Claus Soap advertisements that ran in many newspapers over a period of several years. This first one, from 1888 is the earliest one I saved, but I think I saw some that were published prior to this. Click to enlarge images.
Little Miss Muffet used Santa Claus Soap in 1889.
As did Mistress Mary!
Even the Old Woman, who used it to sweep the cobwebs from the sky?
In 1890, it was the Three Little Maidens skipping rope…
The 1891 World’s Fair prompted the advertisers to rearrange My Country Tis of Thee (National Hymn?) to include Santa Claus Soap.
In April of 1891, it is back to the Sensible Women with big heads.
June of 1891, the rhyme returns, and brings with it, an Ugly Couple. These two don’t even look human. I hope the executives at Santa Claus Soap fired the artist.
Also in June of 1891 – Santa Claus himself makes an appearance, bringing joy to the hearts of all housekeepers.
September, 1891, Banks, Banks, Banks…and Fairbank with a jester looking character.
Summer of 1892, and Santa is a Traveling Man. Did Santa Claus Soap inspire Ricky Nelson?
Come September, it’s riding the Cockhorse to get some Santa Claus Soap.
Like in the Mother Goose rhyme.
Sapolio – Where Dirt Gathers – Waste Rules
Pearline – Don’t Wear Yourself Out Over the Washtub