From the Collection: Keen’s Oxford Blue

by Kylie Berringer (2020 Summer Student)

Keen’s Oxford Blue was once a popular brand of laundry detergent, known for its bright blue colour.  Each package would come with individually wrapped squares of bright blue detergent.  Blue detergent was commonly used for washing white clothes, as it would keep clothes a nice, bright white.

Keen’s may sound like a familiar brand because it is!  Oddly enough, the company who once manufactured Oxford Blue also manufactured Keen’s Mustard.  The Keen’s company began selling Oxford Blue after noticing it was useful for washing the uniforms of their workers.

Did you know?

In 1916 Kenora produced the most flour of any city in Canada. Between the Lake of the Woods Milling Company in Keewatin and the Maple Leaf Milling in Kenora they produced 13,000 barrels of flour a day

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