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March 07, 2013


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My mother used Fels Naptha on my father's shirt collars. She also scrubbed us down with it when we got into poison ivy, but I don't know how effective it was as I was never very sensitive to poison ivy.


As a child in the 60s I was always scrubbed with Fels-Naptha after a hike in poison-oak country. Best soap for getting off all of the resin.

Wyn Achenbaum

And there is another angle to this story. There were at least 2 brothers who inherited the company from their father. One funded the Fels Planetarium, at the Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia. The other, Joseph Fels, was a believer in the ideas of Henry George (b. 1839, Philadelphia; d. 1897, NYC, while running for mayor of NYC for the 2nd time), the author of "Progress and Poverty," which is perhaps the most important book yet written on political economy. It was widely read in the last 20 years of the 19th century.

Joseph Fels contributed financially to sharing George's ideas between about 1905 and his death perhaps 10 years later; his widow Mary took up the work after that. They must have been quite a couple.

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