Advert for Sapolio Soap
Medium: Print on paper
The average 19th century home could be a very dusty place. Cooking was often done on open ranges in the kitchen; along with coal fires in the living and dining rooms, this created a considerable amounts of dust. Furnishings in middle class homes in particular tended to be heavy and ornate, trapping the dust in the house. Outside the house, most roads were not tarmacked, and even walking to the end of the road would have made shoes and garments very dirty. Soaps like Sapolio were very popular because they made the job of cleaning the house much easier.