Taken from An Original Letter from the Prince of Wales Laundress and used in many advertisement if the time!
I have been laundress to the Prince of Wales for several years, and I consider Reckitt's Paris blue is the best I ever used, and is undoubtedly greatly superior to the old-fashioned thumb or dark blue.
Eliza Elder, April 12th, 1873
Long before the age of modern washing machines and powerful laundry detergents there was Reckitt's Blue considered to be one of the first laundry whiteners; it was produced by Reckitt & Sons (also known as Reckitt & Coleman) a company founded by Isaac Reckitt a Quaker of Hull in 1840. Reckitt's Blue was used in the final rinse when washing with dolly tubs otherwise the soap turned the white linens/cottons yellow, it had various names over the years including Reckitt's Blue, Bag Blue, Paris Blue, Crown Blue, Laundry Blue or Dolly Bags and was either sold in 1oz Paper Wrapped Cubes or wrapped in flannel; as is the case with this type. The main ingredients of Reckitt's Blue are ultramarine and baking soda and was used in wash houses through out the world including Royal Laundries. Reckitt's Blue can also be used in the treatment of stings and spiritual ceremonies!
Item - One Genuine Vintage Reckitt's Trade Pine Box complete with all paper labels, Circa 1950s. This box was used by Reckitt & Coleman of Hull to send out two dozen 6d Boxes of Flannel Blue Bags out to retailers for retail. The Box is complete with all it's original labels including the front panel label, the FLANNEL BAGS label to the top and also the packing labels to the rear. The box is also ink stamped to both sides with RECKITT'S BLUE.
Maker - Reckitt & Coleman of Hull, England
Marks - Pine Box with Printed Paper Label attached (please see photos)
Circa - 1950s
Country of Origin - England
Box Dimensions - 10.75" by 7.75" (3.5" in height)
Weight - 465 gram
Condition - The Box is in Excellent Used Condition with just a little age crack to the hinged lid (please see all photos)
Other Interesting Points -
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