WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SOAPS AND SPRAYS
Profile America — Saturday, August 22nd. Two ordinary items found in many or most American households both trace their creation by New York City residents to this date in August. In 1865, the first liquid soap was patented by William Sheppard. 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 $23 billion a year business. The 161 metal can manufacturing establishments make over $15 billion in annual sales. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4271, 7939
Details of inventions: http://todayinsci.com/8/8_22.htm#event
Soap manufacturing/NAICS 325611: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31VS101&prodType=table
Manufacturers/NAICS 325611 & metal can manufacturers and receipts/NAICS 33421:
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).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau