Packer’s Tar Soap Advertisement

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, February 15, 1913:  Was so disappointed this morning. Thought perhaps Ma would go shopping this morning, but she didn’t.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What did Grandma want to buy?  . . hmm. .. Teens “need”  trendy shampoos, cosmetics, and grooming supplies.

Maybe Grandma wanted beautiful hair and needed  Packer’s Tar Soap.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (May, 1913)

10 thoughts on “Packer’s Tar Soap Advertisement

  1. And almost all women had really LONG hair back then, so it was extra work. Many of them in my family wore it in a bun on the back of the neck or braided it and wore it “wrapped” around their head. So much trouble!

  2. I went looking for a little more info about Pine Tar Soap. One site that sells it today said that Most women hate the smell and most men love it. Makes me think whether a women would use just because her beloved loved the smell :-).

  3. The Chemists (Drugstores), here in Australia, sell “Sebitar – Scalp Cleansing Treatment” containing Pine Tar to relieve itching, inflammation, sebhorric dermatitis etc… recommended to be applied to affected areas and used twice weekly. Smells terrible!!!… 😦

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