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1889 Ad Red Seal Lye Tomson Philadelphia Potash Soap - ORIGINAL GROC2

1889 Ad Red Seal Lye Tomson Philadelphia Potash Soap - ORIGINAL GROC2

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This is an original 1889 black and white print ad for Red Seal Granulated Lye from P. C. Tomson & Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The seller of the product was Thurber, Whyland & Company. The ad writes, "One can will make 10 to 12 pounds best hard soap, or 200 pounds soft soap."

When mixed with animal fat and water, lye forms a thick liquid, that when set and cured, becomes soap. Lye alone is incredibly dangerous and corrosive, and can cause serious skin burns.

This is one of the most rare grocery-related original advertising items we have procured. It is from a rare trade journal printed in original letterpress manner (you can feel the emboss, deboss feel to the letter printed areas of each ad). Images were woodblock prints for most and are amazing. The journal this was removed from only went to grocery owners and industry buyers. A one-of-a-kind item in this condition and size. There will likely be some bleed through on all originals from this collection as the stock was thin. Extraordinary and important historical ads.


This 122+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse. As is typical of rare original letterpress advertising, there is likely some bleed through from the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9 x 3.25 inches; 23 x 8 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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