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The History of Pears’ Soap and Vintage Advertising

Mar 31, 2015 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Pears’ soap has a well-deserved reputation for being a high-quality soap. It also enjoys the notoriety of being the first mass marketed transparent soap. Originally billed as the “English Complexion Soap,” Pears’ soap has been a leading contender in the bath soap arena for more than 225 years. As enduring as the soap itself has

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Retro Candy: Smarties Wafer Candies

Nov 10, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In 1949 an English man moved his family from abroad to New Jersey to open a confection business. Equipped with a tablet presser and wrapping machine, Edward Dee founded Ce De Candy, Inc. and began production of Smarties candy rolls. The candies weren’t exactly a unique idea. Edward’s brother, David Dee, had specialised in fizzy compressed

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Spring Grove Soda

Jun 06, 2009 |  Retro Staff No Comments

“Classic Fountain Flavor” The Spring Grove Bottling Works was founded in 1895 by G.G. Ristey in Spring Grove, Minnesota. The soda caught on quickly, and within three years the bottling plant’s production doubled. G.G. Ristey’s brother, J.N. Ristey,  joined him as his business partner. In 1913 the brothers sold the business to another set of

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