'Aunt Sally'

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[quote="liverpool49"]Hey All

In the 50's (when i was a lad) my mum would clean things with some kind of reddish soapy stuff that came in a bottle and it was called 'Aunty Sally'.
Does anyone have any memories of this magic potion???

Vince from Sacramento[/quote]
I remember well going to get Aunt Sally for my mum. We loved it as kids because it made a great bubble liquid. We took our own jar and the man would fill it up.
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[quote="Patricia Simpson"]Not being funny, Margaret, but a blue, dolly blue, was for whitening such things as nets and white clothes. Pat[/quote]

I can remember my parents using the bags of blue to dab on white walls to make a pattern...could not afford wallpaper in those days.
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Wonderful smell Aunt Sally and best white sheets ever with the old Dolly Blue bag.
Who remembers taking the accumalator back to be charged up so we could listen to the radio. I can hear my Mum now saying, keep that jar upright or it will burn your clothes if you spill any. No mention of burning me !
Happy days. Sal
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Aunt Sally was a liquid soap with disinfectant in, it was used to clean foors and walls some people used it in the washing but it was found it caused a skin rash.
It was made in a small factory in June st Bootle and other small factory's around Liverpool, Ken Dodd was a delivery man selling Aunt Sally from the back of a van before he became famous.
If you put it down grids and drains there would be soap suds everywhere. my gran would put Jays fluid down the drains it smelt so clean.
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liverpool49 wrote:Hey All

In the 50's (when i was a lad) my mum would clean things with some kind of reddish soapy stuff that came in a bottle and it was called 'Aunty Sally'.
Does anyone have any memories of this magic potion???

Vince from Sacramento
it made great bubbles when you used it for play.....ha
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In the 50’s I remember the old man who made Aunt Sally he had a yard and building in Wordsworth St just after the end house at the Peel road, I always remember the smell as I went past he sold Aunt Sally from a pony and cart round the streets.
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Dan
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From Graces Guide. 1959 Chemical Manufacturers Guide.

Parr, George, Limited, 206 Stanley Road, Bootle, Liverpool, 20. Telephone: Bootle 3352. Telegrams: Parsantsal, Bootle. — Aunt Sally liquid soap, Parapine, disinfectant fluid, Parr's bleach.

Telegram address - a contraction of "Parr's Aunt Sally". :D

I'm guessing the red dye was added to indicate the presence of carbolic acid (phenol), which has anti-bacterial properties.

Lots of anti-bacterial products have been banned in the US and EU in the last 5 years.

Lifebuoy soap was banned in the EU in 2016 for being too harsh, though it can still be used on pets.

Dettol products were banned in the US around the same time because they contained triclosan and triclocarban.

The Red Cross still distributes carbolic soap in disaster zones to combat outbreaks of infection.
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Where I lived as a lad on the prefab estate at Belle Vale, my mother used a similar liquid
called " JAXO ". She bought it , and other things like Chloros Bleach and pan scrubs from
a Morris van that visited the estate about once a fortnight. Does anyone else remember " JAXO " ?

Ray.
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I remember an advert for Aunt Sally painted on a wall , possibly on Stanley Rd. It was the side of a building , perpendicular to the road. Used to see it from a bus. Can't remember which one, though.
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filsgreen
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Do you think it was on the side of Parrs building, which was on the junction of Stanley Road and Marsh Lane, Lynne? Parrs made Aunt Sally soap.
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Further to my post regard the old chap selling Aunt Sally & salt seem to remember him selling SANDSTONE to scrub your step with with. Gawd where has the last 75 years gone, Remember Appletons in Strand road. Also talking of strange memorys who remembers the old HERBALIST in Strand Road, he would make all sorts of strange cough mixtures. H&S would love him today.
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BOBHAMO
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Parrs where still making disenfectant on the corner of stanley road/ park st
from as early as 1911 to 50s just cant remember if the gable on park st corner house
had the logo Image
not sure if its this one
pity cant get it bigger
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bob. b
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I remember it being sold in Brookhill road or Brook road by where the ASDA is now.

Bobby
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Filsgreen. It might well have been. That would be sensible. It wasn't a gable end (Idon't think) it was large and covered most of the wall. Vert easy to see, so no other building blocking the view, Lynne
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It was Brook road Bob, the opening to it was opposite the prefabs. I lived on the corner of Bank road and Brook road. I can still picture the huge vats bubbling away and remember the smell.
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efc46
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There was a Chandlers on the corner of Shelley an peel n road I think it was very thick it used to glug in to your bottle luvly smell I was nearly temped to have a swig I would have poohed bubbles for a month if i did
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Went to that shop for (coal brickexs) not sure about the
Name I was about 11 years old at the time
My be you could help out with the name
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darrenadam wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:21 pm Went to that shop for (coal brickexs) not sure about the
Name I was about 11 years old at the time
My be you could help out with the name
Hi Darren, I seem to remember that we called them " Brickettes ", Cheers, Ray.
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efc46
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remember the carbolic soap it was powerful good gear stung your eyes
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Dan
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Aunt Sally the ne plus ultra of liquid disinfectant soap.

A time when Latin was Bootle's second language.

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lynne99
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and veni, vidi, vici to you :D or even respice aspice prospice My spelling is not too good.
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Dan
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Lynne, you forgot oldspice poshspice fivespice. I could go on and on.

Salesian Bootle motto; Non Scholae Sed Vitae, (not for school but for life).

I hope to have a bit more on Parr's history next week. Loved the thought Parr's Works being in Garden Lane.
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Last one, then I will stop. Nil satis nisi optimum Up the toffees
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Dan
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Couldn't bring myself to type that Lynne.

I'd have to smash my laptop afterwards. :D
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BOBHAMO
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JOseph Parr was born in litherland and lived in 15 park street
he went partners with Thomas Ashcroft a timber merchant
from 14 Trinity road
the firm in 1881 Ashcroft and Parr was on Linacre road
which is now litherland road
his brother Thomas was a painter and plumber and also
had a disinfectant buisness
at 1,3 park street
start you off Dan
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Dan
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Cheers Bob.

Fingers crossed I'll have something this week.
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Keep the posts coming Dan :D :D :D :D :D
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Dan
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Bootle Times August 2 1935.

George Parr's shop on Stanley Road.

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Dan wrote: Thu Oct 19, 2023 2:40 pm Bootle Times August 2 1935.

George Parr's shop on Stanley Road.

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Would that have been on the corner of Park Street (south side).JJC.
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Glenys
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Yep, I used to take a empty bottle to be refilled there.
Lived Linacre Lane, Trinity Road & Knowsley Road.
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Thank you Glenys. JJC.
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filsgreen
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Was Aunt Sally, pink, John?
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Phil, the colour i remember was a really deep dark red. JJC.
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filsgreen
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Cheers, John. I remember a pink gloopy liquid, could that be Stardrops?
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