Advert for Sinclair's Soap, reverse side
Medium: Print on paper
Soap was prohibitively taxed in Britain from 1712 up to 1853. Statutes also prohibited soap from being made in batches of less than a tonne, effectively protecting large factories from competition with smaller manufacturers. With the repeal of the taxes, the soap trade began to boom. Advances in technology and science meant that soap was now relatively inexpensive to produce and therefore cheaper to buy.