Scot Towels, circa 1937

Summary

Paper towels, like paper cups, were first promoted for public use as a health measure, adopted for pubic washrooms during the early 20th century. By the 1950s, disposable paper towels made increasing inroads in the American kitchen, offering more convenience, cleanliness, and less maintenance than cloth. Yet, to some, disposable paper products would come to represent waste--and a threat to the environment.

Paper towels, like paper cups, were first promoted for public use as a health measure, adopted for pubic washrooms during the early 20th century. By the 1950s, disposable paper towels made increasing inroads in the American kitchen, offering more convenience, cleanliness, and less maintenance than cloth. Yet, to some, disposable paper products would come to represent waste--and a threat to the environment.

Artifact

Paper towel

Date Made

circa 1937

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2015.53.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

White (Color)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 11 in

Diameter: 4 in

Inscriptions

On front of paper wrapper: ScotTowels/ FOR KITCHEN USE/ [...]/ 11 X 7 1/2 inches On repeated pattern: Thirsty Fibre On back of paper wrapper: 10 Ways to Save Time, Laundry with ScotTowels./ Drying or Wiping Hands; Cleaning Pots and Pans; Draining Foods--Bacon, etc.; Wiping Up Spilled Liquids; Wiping Off Stove; Wiping Out Sink; Scraping Plates; Wiping Windshield; Drying Foods/ Cleaning Glassware

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