Shmoo Soap

I had a punchable Shmoo as a kid. Not sure where I got it, but I know my Grandmother really got a kick out of it. I always wondered why until I realized that Shmoo was a character from the late 1940s. Shmoo was like a force of nature when he came out and products appeared on the shelves. Amongst those products was this unusual Shmoo Soap that is being sold on Hakes with its original box.

shmoo soap

2.5x4x2.25″ deep box contains 3.25″ tall figural Shmoo soap figure designed by Lynda Moore for Kerk Guild Inc. Soap bears striking resemblance to Al Capp’s beloved character w/black facial accents painted on, some of these appearing faint. Soap has aged somewhat but remains completely intact and comes w/original packing material. VF. Box lid has bw Al Capp art showing Li’l Abner and Daisy Mae w/2 Shmoos exclaiming “A Soapy Shmoo!!” ©1948 United Features. Box lid side reads “Al Capp’s Soapy Shmoos.” Lid has aged w/.25x.5″ area of surface paper lift by Daisy but box is Fine overall.

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