A Brief Insight in Reckitt's Blue before description
Taken from An Original Letter from the Prince of Wales Laundress and used in many advertisement if the time!
Buy Reckitt's Paris Blue in squares and beware of imitations
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 (like the example below!) or wrapped in flannel.
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 Original Reckitt's Paris Blue 1oz Cube, Circa 1920s unusual red packaging rather than the more common blue. The Reckitt's Cubes are identical to the blue bags apart from two differences; the first one being that they are of cube form, the second is that you have to provide your own flannel!
Maker - Reckitt's of Hull, England
Marks - Red Paper Packaging Printed with the details (please see photos)
Circa - 1920/30s maybe earlier
Country of Origin - England
Dimensions - 1.125" by 1.125" by 1"
Weight - 28 gram (1oz)
Condition - Excellent Unused Condition (please see all photos)
Other Interesting Points - This is the less common red packaging Paris Blue Cube made by Reckitt's; the packaging is printed to all six sides including the detail - RECKITT'S PARIS BLUE and the size (A) to two of the sides......the remaining sides are printed with Directions for Use, Registration details and the following - RECKITT'S BLUE IN SQUARES WILL BE FOUND MOST BEAUTIFUL IN COLOUR & EXTREMELY ECONOMICAL IN USE.
We do have a very small quantity of these cubes so please contact if you would like to buy than one so that we can make a deal!
(Please see all Photos).
POSTAGE & PACKAGING
There is a charge of £3.00 for Postage and Packaging to all U.K. Residents (Standard UK Delivery), we will also ship Worldwide but please check table below for postage. If you have any questions please feel free to contact!
|UK Next Day Delivery||£9.00|
|UK Recorded Delivery||£4.00|
|UK Standard Delivery||£3.00|
|Air Mail Europe||£4.50|
|Air Mail Outside Europe||£6.00|
Blue Bags also in Stock!