On this page - Talcum Powder ....... Foam Bath ....... Soap ....... Gift Sets
On a different page - Toothpaste here
A metal tin of talc with a plastic top,produced by Wright,Layman & Umney Ltd of London.
It's approximately 10 cm tall x 5 cm wide,and has a 1970 copyright mark.
We'll ignore the fact that The Mayor of Trumpton appears on a Camberwick Green product.
Because it's a bit like calling every brand of vacuum cleaner a "Hoover".
ie. not strictly accurate,but universally understood.
It also featured as part of various toiletry gift sets (discussed at bottom of page)
But it appears to have been a stand-alone product when first released.
Which almost seems a little too odd to be true.But it's yet to be disproved.
Ebay tip:- Scratches to the paintwork will invariably have gone rusty.So always ask about the sides you aren't shown,and that includes the bottom.
Nice artwork,and reason enough for a better look at all 4 sides.
Wright,Layman also produced some "Foam Bath" in squeezy plastic containers.
130ml tubes,approximately 16.5cm tall,with different character artwork on the front.
Unlike the talc,they don't carry a date. But the ad,to the right,comes from a 1971 magazine.
The use of words like "glee" & "super" are also pointers to its age.
As is the font used for "Camberwick Green",and the type of styllised design on the tubes.
Although quite why they chose to use a photo with the kids' hair like that has long since
disappeared down the plughole I'm afraid. Bizarre.
And it's pretty safe to assume there were more than the 2 characters featured
Because the same company also produced a much fuller range of toothpaste characters .........
at around the same time,and using virtually the same tube design.
Which makes you wonder how many mums absent-mindedly squirted toothpaste in the bath water.
And finally ... Toiletry gift packs
A selection of the Wright,Layman products mentioned on this page also ended up in various "Camberwick Green Gift Packs" that appeared later on in the 1970's.
The talc tins still carry the same 1970 copyright mark,so I suppose it's not totally inconceivable that they were original leftover stock.Which probably isn't that far-fetched as I'm not sure talc and foam bath actually have a shelf do they ?
And ebay has shown us that character soaps can still look shop-fresh even decades later.
Anyhow,new or not,all the constituent parts of these gift packs look exactly the same as the originals,with just the addition of some nice colourful boxes to house them in.
And perhaps the most obvious question is why they didn't do it when the individual products were first launched ?
Because if they did I've certainly never seen any.
Pack details and pics soon
To complete their monopoly of all the items on this page so far,the ubiquitous Wright,Layman & Umney also produced a range of individually packaged novelty soap figures in 1970.
Photo left to right -
Messrs Cobbit,Flack,Snort,McGarry and Murphy.
You can also add Windy & The Mayor.And I'd be surprised if there aren't more.
3 of the 7 are from Trumpton,despite all being in "Camberwick" branded boxes.
Soap figures ... take 2
Wright,Layman didn't have it all there own way.
Because a company called Jean Sorelle also produced a very similar range of individual Camberwick soaps.
And the pic to the left is one of their retail trade display packs.
Strangely,there's no copyright date on any of the boxes.
But I know they're definitely later than the Wright,Umney ones,and came out sometime in the 1970's.
So that's 4 Camberwick ones pictured left,and I've also managed to obtain another 3 from Trumpton
And,as none of the individual boxes mention other characters,it's just a case waiting to see who else turns up.
But let's have a closer look at those 3 Trumpton examples -The Mayor,Mrs Cobbit and Captain Flack.
The boxes are 11cm tall,although the actual soaps do vary in height slightly. With Captain Flack noticeably a touch shorter among this batch.
Each box follows exactly the same design format though :-
Top :- character name.
Bottom :- white & blank,except for a Sorelle reference number,"REF. 801"
Front panel :- character image
Side panels :- images relating to that character ie. the Mayor has the Town hall on one & Mayorial car on the other
Back panel :- the same text information on every one. Just a reminder - toothpaste has its own page here
Unfortunately I've never seen any of the Wright Layman ones close-up,so comparisons are tricky.
But Sorelle should be complimented on the quality of the finish,because it's striking just how crisply executed they are.
And it's always refreshing to see such quality -even down to the individually printed boxes rather than a one-design-fits-all.With the net result that they compare very favourably with a lot of character soaps from other 1960's and 70's kids tv shows.And bear in mind they were a merchandising staple back then.
Although I've never managed to establish whether they were bought to displayed,played with or used ?
Because an irregular-shaped bar of soap with lots of unforgiving edges is hardly the most tactile of bathroom experiences !