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Finding aid for the Forthmann family photographs 6087
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This collection consists of photographs of members of the Forthmann family, one of the first prominent families in Los Angeles at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. John Albert Forthmann I was a German immigrant who arrived in Los Angeles as a teenager in the 1860s and bought a small soap business that he turned into the Los Angeles Soap Co. The photographs in this collection include various members of the Forthmann family, but generally center around Madelaine Forthmann Boyer, John Albert Forthmann's granddaughter. There are also a few documents that provide information about the family.
The Forthmann family's fortunes were made by German-born patriarch John A. Forthmann, who arrived in Los Angeles in 1860, at the age of 17. Forthmann bought a small soap business at 2nd and Spring Streets, and established the Los Angeles Soap Company. By 1874 he had moved the business to a location closer to the Los Angeles and San Pedro Railway, which allowed him to begin shipping his product across the western United States. Forthmann's fortune rested on his duplication of Proctor and Gamble's Ivory soap, and the creation of the nation's first granulated laundry detergent, White King D, which was introduced after World War I.
0.84 Linear Feet 2 boxes
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