Washington DC: U. S. Government, September 29, 1931. A fascinating paper trail from birth to death of a small American company, from incorporation to dissolution of the Company.with International operations in Mexico and Japan along the way. The Collection's original documents chronicle the significant events in the life cycle of the Luckel, King & Cake Soap Company.
Included in this archive are: [A] Articles of Incorporation, March 5, 1891, [B] Letters of Patent #10154, from Mexico, Oct 31, 1907 assigned to Bilyeu, Thomas and Dave Hirstel signed with a seal and includes transmittal envelope. Patent stamped on the rear by Beeler & Robb, Patent and Trade Mark Law, [C] Patent de Invencion #7457 from Mexico, June 8, 1908, with four rivets, red silk ribbon binding and seal. Inside the patent folder are 7 pp. of description in Spanish and an exploded dimension drawing. [D] Directions for manufacturing Spazer's Cold Process Sal Soda. 8.5" x 13", 3 pp. typed with blue jacket and 2 binding pins at the top. Also included as carbon copy of the directions with pencil notes attached, [E] Patent application #54750, May 8, 1910, patent file entirely in Japanese Kanji, 5 pp. of application, also in Kanji an 1 p. of drawings. [F] Trade-Mark #179624, Sept. 24, 1923, for "Bar-None" named Soap Powder, [G] State of Oregon Permit to Transact Business as a Dealer #4468, to sell $75,000 of the Company's Preferred Stock [H] Label Registration, Sep 29, 1931, with attractive red seal of the Patent Office [I] 9 pp. of marketing, logo assignment, price list and examples of labels.[J] Four receipts for stock transactions, 1924, totalling $31K, incudes revenue stamps, [J] Statement of Intent to Dissolve and Liquidate, Feb 1, 1954, 4 pp. from State of Oregon and two transmittal letters.
The Luckel, King & Cake Soap Company, was owned by the King family, the officers of the company being L. P. King, president: his sister, F. S. King, secretary and treasurer, and his mother, Mrs. F. P. King,
vice president. The enterprise had a prosperous career, due to the high quality of its products and the sound business management. The company was the outgrowth of two former concerns, King & Cake and the Luckel Soap Company, owned by J. C. Luckel. The new company later also absorbed the Portland Soap and Chemical Company. They manufacture Steam Refined Borax, Royal White Family Soap, Bar-None Washing Machine Soap, King's Toilet Soap, and altogether about forty different brands. Their products were widely popular along the west coast including, Alaska and Hawaii. Their products were sold through traveling salesmen About forty men are employed in the plant, the annual production of which amounts to between eight and ten million pounds.In 1919 F. P. King bought out all the other stockholders in the Company, which had been established in 1880, and thereafter conducted the business independently until its dissolution in 1954. All material is VG to Fine. Item #2532