Manufacturer: McNicol China
User: Procter & Gamble
Distributor: Morris Gordon & Son, Inc., Boston
Date of plate: 1930s
Notes: From the Wikipedia: "The Procter & Gamble Company, also known as P&G, is an American multinational consumer goods company headquartered in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio." It was founded in 1837 by brothers-in-law "William Procter, a candle maker, and James Gamble, a soap maker, emigrated from England and Ireland respectively."
The plate's logo, featured on this plate, is that of the former P&G logo, "a man in the moon overlooking 13 stars, said to commemorate the original 13 colonies." A controversy in the 1980s erroneously spread the rumor that the logo was a satanic symbol, and in 1985 the company discontinued use of the logo. The logo is in blue, and set against a dark red flag.
Diane Wagner, with P&G Corporate Archives, confirmed that this plate would have been used on board the S.S. Camor (so named for the combination of P&G products Camay and Ivory). "The S.S. Camor was a steamer," she said, "that hauled raw materials between the Company's East Coast plants in the 1930s."
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ID and plate photos contributed by Susan Phillips
Ship photo contributed by Procter & Gamble