June 6, 2007

Darkie Toothpaste

1:37 AM by mr. simplicity · 8 comments


You heard of Darlie Toothpaste but what about Darkie? The brand Darlie was previously known as Darkie. Here is some history and old pictures of Darlie toothpaste below..

Darkie Toothpaste
Hong Kong’s Hazel & Hawley Chemical Co. would probably still be hawking Darkie toothpaste had the company not been acquired by Colgate. The Darkie brand’s Al Jolson-inspired logo, a grinning caricature in blackface and a top hat, was as offensive as its name. Colgate bought the company in 1985, and then ditched the logo and changed the product’s name to Darlie after US civil rights groups protested. However, the Cantonese name - Haak Yahn Nga Gou [้ป‘ไบบ็‰™่†] (Black Man Toothpaste) - remains.

8 comments:

  1. I have a tube of Darkie toothpaste in its original cardboard box with a free plastic soup spoon included (!) which a friend picked up for me on a business trip to southeast Asia in the early 1980s. On the photo shown here, it is the second from left on the bottom row. The tube has never been opened, and the box is in pretty decent condition, although somewhat faded and slightly warped from humidity from being a bathroom decoration for 20-some years. I am curious as to what this might be worth, if anyone is interested. There are only some Darkie accessories (fans and magnets, etc.) on E-Bay, so I have absolutely no idea. Can anyone please advise me? Thanks!

    L.

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  2. Why don't you set a certain price and let the ebayers bid for the rare edition of Darkie toothpaste.

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  3. Thanks for the suggestion, Mr. S., but I have absolute ZERO idea of what its value might be, and I can't find anything comparable on the Internet. It could be $5 (or less), it could be $200 (or more). I am trying to find some source which can give me a realistic price range (a "ballpark" as Americans say) before I go to E-Bay. The difficulty I am having finding another tube of Darkie for sale on the Internet suggests to me that it's pretty rare and may be worth more than I know. But collecting/selling/trading is not my thing. I am at a loss and am relying on good people like you to help point me in the right direction. Thanks!

    L.

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  4. I have the box that the Darkie toothpaste came in..in excellent condition. We have used the toothpaste.

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  5. Anonymous (07), if you still have the toothpaste please let me know.
    Thanks,
    msden7@hotmail.com

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  6. I had a couple of tubes of Darkie toothpaste that I sold for $25 each. I also had/have Darkie mints that sold for $45. We lived in Singapore back in the 70's and picked up loads of it over there. It is still sold in Taiwan.

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  7. I have a full tube still in the cardboard box, that only has English writing only. And it hasnt been open. This box is certainly from before the 80's.

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  8. I have five tubes in boxes from Thailand -- 1984, or so. Small, medium and large sizes. Was also curious as to the value, so thanks for the info.

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