Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 38
Like Tree70Likes

Thread: Williams Shaving Soap History

  1. #1
    Historically Inquisitive Martin103's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    4,142
    Thanks
    382
    Thanked 2,211 Times in 1,504 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Williams Shaving Soap History

    James Baker Williams was born in 1818 in Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1834 he worked for a general store and became part owner for a few years then sold his half because he was founding Williams & Brothers in 1840 when he developed Williams Genuine Yankee soap.

    Name:  williams soap founder pic.JPG
Views: 713
Size:  28.3 KBName:  williams soap early williams bros adv.JPG
Views: 730
Size:  66.0 KB

    By popular demands for his soaps and other products in 1847 Williams moved the company to William Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. And the company name was changed to the James B. Williams and Company.

    Name:  williams soap factory pic.JPG
Views: 753
Size:  77.8 KB

    By 1885, the company change name again to J. B. Williams Company, its line of produts including shaving creams, talcum powder and
    other toilet preparations.

    Name:  williams soap adv part1.jpg
Views: 681
Size:  68.5 KB
    Name:  williams soap adv part2.jpg
Views: 666
Size:  86.6 KB

    In 1907, the original founder of the company died and the family took over the business until 1957 when it was purchase by a New York based conglomerate, Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 1960, the Williams Company moved to Cranford, New Jersey. In 1971, the J.B. Williams Company was sold to Nabisco and still to this day making the Williams Shaving Mug Soap.
    Name:  williams mug shaving soap.JPG
Views: 784
Size:  58.0 KB
    Last edited by Martin103; 07-17-2013 at 05:26 AM.

  2. The Following 15 Users Say Thank You to Martin103 For This Useful Post:

    32t (07-18-2013),BobH (07-17-2013),bruseth (07-17-2013),Double0757 (07-19-2013),EdG (07-18-2013),gooser (07-17-2013),Hirlau (07-17-2013),HNSB (07-17-2013),irish19 (01-06-2014),Obie (07-18-2013),Skippy (07-20-2013),thebigspendur (07-17-2013),vicmaldo (07-30-2013),WW243 (07-19-2013),zib (07-19-2013)

  3. #2
    This is not my actual head. HNSB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Middle of nowhere, Minnesota
    Posts
    4,579
    Thanks
    979
    Thanked 1,337 Times in 873 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    Where did you get the information from?

    I once wrote to them requesting history as well as any pictures they may have of packaging through the years. The reply was essentially, "We're too busy to respond to those type of requests". IIRC, they also mentioned something about protected trade information regarding the packaging, though I don't see how that would apply.

    Anyhow, thanks for digging up the history.
    Martin103 likes this.

    Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

  4. #3
    old enough to know better
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Harbert, MI
    Posts
    209
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts

    Default

    Thank you for this history. As a regular user of Williams I always wanted more of the info on this great soap.
    Martin103 likes this.

  5. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    4,958
    Thanks
    240
    Thanked 698 Times in 641 Posts

    Default

    Thanks for posting as I am interested in Williams shave soap. Having had a chance to try a 1920s/30s era Williams shave stick all I can say is that I now know why it "had" a well deserved reputation. I think old JB would turn over in his grave if he had a chance to use the current product bearing his name. I can't believe how inferior, though usable, the current product is by comparison.

    Bob
    No man is totally useless, they can always be used as a bad example.

  6. #5
    Historically Inquisitive Martin103's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    4,142
    Thanks
    382
    Thanked 2,211 Times in 1,504 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by HNSB View Post

    I once wrote to them requesting history as well as any pictures they may have of packaging through the years. The reply was essentially, "We're too busy to respond to those type of requests". IIRC, they also mentioned something about protected trade information regarding the packaging, though I don't see how that would apply.
    Interesting response from the company, but further findings on trademark violation makes me understand their response, as early as 1857, the now famous "Genuine Yankee soap" was allready in a court battle with another company.

    Name:  williams trademark1.jpg
Views: 575
Size:  69.8 KB
    Name:  williams trademark2.jpg
Views: 568
Size:  75.5 KB
    Name:  williams trademark3.JPG
Views: 571
Size:  52.3 KB
    Name:  williams trademark4.JPG
Views: 561
Size:  65.5 KB
    samda and gooser like this.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Martin103 For This Useful Post:

    gooser (07-17-2013)

  8. #6
    Historically Inquisitive Martin103's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    4,142
    Thanks
    382
    Thanked 2,211 Times in 1,504 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Found a few more interesting things about the factory and its workers.
    - In 1840 the company employed 7 person.
    -in 1860 the company was up to 14 person, the men mixed the compounds, boiled the tallow, and pressed the soap into bars. The woman wrapped and labeled the soaps.
    -It was one of the first factories to hire women.
    -The factory ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter, six days a week.
    Name:  williams soap train.JPG
Views: 584
Size:  42.3 KB
    Last edited by Martin103; 07-17-2013 at 08:55 PM.
    sharptonn, 32t and gooser like this.

  9. #7
    Greaves is my friend !!! gooser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    N.East OH
    Posts
    1,431
    Thanks
    94
    Thanked 150 Times in 145 Posts

    Default

    after reading all this my next shave i will include my puck of William's ... i tried it once before i knew how to lather and never since , they carry it at most pharmacy's around me
    Martin103 likes this.

  10. #8
    Keep On Stropping in the Free World Ryan82's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Posts
    6,040
    Thanks
    490
    Thanked 1,182 Times in 987 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by gooser View Post
    after reading all this my next shave i will include my puck of William's ... i tried it once before i knew how to lather and never since , they carry it at most pharmacy's around me
    Don't expect any miracles, especially if you're used to the good stuff . As others have said, it's usable but that's about it IMO.
    This isn't a shot at you....

  11. #9
    You did WHAT? sharptonn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Lone Star State
    Posts
    5,558
    Thanks
    1,834
    Thanked 1,361 Times in 1,117 Posts

    Default

    Williams. Love it or hate it! I use it regularly to Uber other soaps with great success. I have a dedicated mug with a puck always in the bottom. As I started straight-shaving, I used it for several years exclusively. One must know how to lather it up!
    Now Vanderhagen......that stuff is useless!
    zib and Martin103 like this.
    Oh! MY!

  12. #10
    Historically Inquisitive Martin103's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    4,142
    Thanks
    382
    Thanked 2,211 Times in 1,504 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    Williams. Love it or hate it! As I started straight-shaving, I used it for several years One must know how to lather it up!
    Totally agree, once you know the lather is fine. Saxon recent shave video demonstrate that as a few guys were wondering about the lather, and were probably shocked that it was Williams : Yet another straight shaving video...
    sharptonn likes this.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •