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Free tea towel

In 1955, makers of laundry detergent were competing with one another by offering a free tea towel, included in the box.

The October 26 1955 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained two ads for detergent with towels:

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Vel was a Colgate-Palmolive brand; it was retired in 2002. (“Vel” is the middle syllable of “marvelous”.) Breeze was from Lever Products (now Unilever); the brand is still in use in Asia.

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