Historical information

Simpson Pty Ltd Melbourne produced this Black 'Erasive Soap' early in 20th C At this time men wore detachable starched collars attached to .the shirt by buttons or studs. Men also used olive oil to 'slick' down their hair so collars on shirts and coats became grimey. This soap claims to clean stains from all clothes, coat collars and even carpets.

Significance

Early settlers in Moorabbin shire wore detachable starched collars that were buttoned onto the shirt, This black 'erasive soap' claims to clean collars and remove stains from coats and even carpets

Physical description

A small cardboard box containing an unused bar of black soap manufactured by Simpsons Pty Ltd Melbourne

Inscriptions & markings

Box Front; Simpsons / ERASIVE / SOAP / CLEANS CLOTHES CLEAN / AND HAS DONE FOR OVER / 50 YEARS Back; Simpsons / ERASIVE SOAP / DEFINITELY DOES / CLEAN COAT COLLARS AND EFFECTIVELY REMOVES SPOTS / AND STAINS FROM ALL CLOTHES / SIMPSONS MANUFACTURING Pty Ltd / MELBOURNE SideS; THE ORIGINAL BLACK SOAP / IN A NEW PACKAGE; WILL REMOVE SPOTS FROM CARPET Ends; SIMPSONS SOAP / THE SPOT REMOVER; SIMPSONS SOAP / FOR CLEANING COAT COLLARS SOAP ; Back ; trademark / SIMPSONS / ERASIVE / SOAP / REGISTERED ; Front ; A.C.L.