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Mum (Deodorant)

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August 1935.
August 1937.
November 1938.

Mum was the first brand of commercial deodorant. Made by Thomas Christy and Co.

  • 1888 Mum was developed and patented by an unknown inventor in Philadelphia. The product is still widely used in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Venezuela, Peru, Philippines, Singapore and Mexico.
  • 1940s Helen Barnett Diserens developed an underarm deodorant based on the same principle as the 'ball point' pen.
  • 1952 The new underarm deodrant was tested in the USA for the first time.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • [2] Procter and Gamble