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The First Toilet Paper Company

Jan 12, 2009

Welcome to the Toilet Paper World Blog! In the coming months, we’ll have plenty of news, fun facts, and other assorted tidbits to share with you, but first we want to say hello!

There’s no better way to kick off a blog about toilet paper than to talk about the secret origins of toilet paper, is there?

As with many household essentials, so many people under value the history that goes behind each and every convenience. At ToiletPaperWorld.com, we hope to educate you on the interesting and remarkable journeys each of our products has made to become leaders in their industry. To start out with, let’s examine the first commercial toilet paper company in the United States:

Scott Paper Company marketed the first rolls of toilet paper near the turn of the century, as it was founded in 1879 by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott in Philadelphia. Originally, the small company purchased paper and tissue from outside suppliers and cut, rolled and packaged the paper for distribution to customers under private label names. It wasn’t until later, in 1896, a major turning point occurred in the history of Scott Toilet Paper. 1896 was the year when Irvin’s son Arthur joined the company. He convinced his father and uncle to phase out their private label business and concentrate on their own brand names, setting the stage for the company it is today. With this new business plan, Scott purchased the private label name Waldorf in 1902 and began producing this as their first brand name.

As sales grew, it became evident that production changes were necessary to guarantee consistency. In 1910, Scott bought an abandoned soap factory in Chester, 5 miles south of Philadelphia for $85,000 and began making their own parent rolls of tissue. By 1921, Waldorf represented 64% of Scott’s total case sales, leading to Scott’s declaration as the leading toilet paper company in 1925. Today, Scott Toilet Paper is part of Kimberly Clark, but still produces the same top quality products it did since its first roll at the turn of the century.

For more fun facts on the history of toilet paper, remember to visit the ToiletPaperWorld.com Toilet Paper Encyclopedia.

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8 Responses to “The First Toilet Paper Company”

  1. industrial flooring - December 16th, 2010 at 5:17 am

    The history of loo roll, perfect reading material!

  2. Paul - April 25th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Love cottonelle here!

  3. Palletizing Robots - May 18th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love facts and hearing about the history of items we use in this day. To think how long toilet paper has been around and the inventors, make me realize how much I take towels and tp for granted!

  4. Car Title Loans - May 24th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I can’t believe that Scott was the first company! I use their products all the time; mostly for the price. It’s amazing how long the company has lasted- and through both biggest hits the economy. Here’s to TP!

  5. ms dean - August 7th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Cant beleive the history of the loo roll. Will let me ccleaners in chester know about this. Love general knowledge on all sorts of stuff. Brill.

  6. ms dean - August 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Cant beleive the history of the loo roll. Will let my cleaners in chester know about this. Love general knowledge on all sorts of stuff. Brill.

  7. Los Angeles Search Engine Optimization - October 5th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    WOw… Scott’s is so old and yet still a great company.

  8. Matt - July 27th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Can anyone point me to official information that says this toilet paper is safe to be flushed? My landlord is telling me I have to put it in the garbage because it will clog the building pipes.

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