WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: SOAPS AND SPRAYS
Profile America — Thursday, August 22nd. Two ordinary items found in just about every American household both trace their creation by New York City residents to this day of the month. In 1865, the first liquid soap was patented by William Shepphard. His formula flowed from mixing a pound of regular soap with 100 pounds of ammonia solution, then dissolving it in water to the consistency of molasses. And in 1939, Julian Seth Kahn received a patent for an "apparatus for mixing a liquid with a gas" — a spray can for whipped cream. Of course, aerosols didn't stop with whipped cream. Today in the U.S., soap and detergent manufacturing is a nearly $29 billion a year business, while metal can manufacturers make around $14 billion in annual sales. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4271, 7939
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Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau