07-01-2017, 09:58 PM
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  • Shaun
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  • St Peters, NSW, Australia
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I scored this Yardley soap today here in Sydney. I have seen only a few pictures of this version/container, and never one in real life. Now I have one.

Yardley opened up in Sydney in 1939, and I think this soap dates to then. 

It has been slightly used, and had that distinctive tallowy smell. Note the little tag on the side of the thin-walled box specifying Sydney.

Enjoy the pictures. 

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 07-02-2017, 01:12 AM
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Nice score Shaun!

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 07-02-2017, 03:10 AM
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  • Sully
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Excellent find Shaun!  Yardley is a great soap, enjoy it.

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 07-02-2017, 07:52 AM
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Whoa. Nice score.

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 07-02-2017, 09:19 AM
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nice i guess the dry heat down there helps.

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 07-02-2017, 07:19 PM
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  • Steve56
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Very nice find!

Cheers, Steve

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 07-02-2017, 07:26 PM
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Congratulations!

I have a Yardley's in one of those containers. I will have to check out if mine has any label on the side like yours. I've had it packed away for a long time.

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 07-02-2017, 08:38 PM
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  • Shaun
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I used it this morning. I think there was a hard skin on the surface. Took a while to penetrate and then work up a decent lather. Like all Yardley, though, very good when it all started happening. My other facourite is vintage Floris. I have an old, tallow-based geranium rose which still has a faint scent. It's a great hard soap.

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 07-03-2017, 04:29 AM
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  • Nero
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I had three vintage Floris and they all smelled like mold. I didn't even bother reselling them and threw them out, I would rather eat the loss than put it on someone else.

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 07-03-2017, 09:22 AM
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  • blzrfn
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I have had two Yardley soaps in that same container.  It is very thin walled and neither of mine were in reusable condition after using, but the soap is fantastic as you well know.  I wonder what prompted Yardley to use this veneer constructed bowl, if there was a wood shortage or if they were altering packaging to compensate for the poor economy.  Enjoy Shaun!

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 08-20-2017, 03:23 AM
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  • Mouser
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Here's  a few shots of the Yardley shave soap from 1939 as verified by a 1939 Yardley Christmas magazine ad. 
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 08-20-2017, 03:50 AM
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  • Mouser
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Sorry about that incomplete post. But the rest of what I meant to post is that I  have no idea why they're different.  Maybe it has to do with where, not when, they were released, marketed. As to usability, I  have two from this era and several others from just about every decade up thru the 60's. Some were brand new, unopened  others used but all have proven themselves via my daily shave logs, to be the best soap or cream ive ever used and , while not Clause, my list is very extensive.

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