[Advert for Brooke's Monkey Brand Soap]A 20th Century Camera. Draw the Shutter and See the Photograph! [additional text verso]
Chromolithograph with moving parts, total dimensions when extended 225 x 105mm (8¾ x 4¼"). Very scarce in good condition.
Early photographic item. Advert requesting the viewer to 'draw the shutter' of a camera, making a monkey wearing a Tam o' Shanter and bar of 'monkey brand' soap appear. A parallel between cleaning using the soap and developing a photograph is implied. Monkey Brand Soap was a scouring soap first manufactured in Philadelphia by Sidney and Henry Gross. Lever Brothers bought the company in 1899 and transferred production to Port Sunlight, promoting the soap in both the USA and Britain.
[Ref: 33702] £160.00