"Why don't all babies have hair like this?"

the soap girl

- Mary Priscilla Blocher -

back of photo        This sweet little girl who posed for the Resinol Soap ad is surely somebody's great-grandmother. According to the back of this card, little Mary was born on August 11, 1899 and was just 11 months old when she posed for the ad. The ad attributes her abundant and glorious hair to the daily use of Resinol Soap!

       I found this ad among the effects of a long-deceased great aunt, Johanna Lindner Ahrendt of Little Falls, N.J. and New York City. It is possible that she knew the child and her family.

     Attention : Carol VAN CLEEF did a Census search and discovered that there is a 20 year old nurse by that name listed at City Hospital in the 1920 Census of Perth Amboy, Middlesex, NJ, ED 50, sheet 1-A. She and parents were born in PA.

Information from Martha Magill (2006): 1900 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Mary P Blocker Home in 1900: Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore City (Independent City), Maryland Age: 9.12 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899 BirthPlace: Maryland Relationship to head-of-house: Daughter Father's name: William L Mother's name: Elizabeth Race: White Household Members: Name Age William L Blocker 61 Elizabeth Blocker 41 Mary P Blocker 9.12

1910 United States Federal Census Record
Name: Mary P Blocker Age in 1910: 10 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900 BirthPlace: Maryland Relation to Head of House: Daughter Father's Name: William L Father's Birth Place: Maryland Mother's Name: Elizabeth M Mother's Birth Place: England Home in 1910: Baltimore Ward 19, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland Marital Status: Single Race: White Gender: Female Household Members: Name Age William L Blocker 26 Elizabeth M Blocker 41 Mary P Blocker 10

       I will be happy to pass this picture on to any descendants.

If this little girl is one of your ancestors,
please contact me at the following e-mail address:

Mary Ann Allen

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