Laundry blue bags (2), 'Reckitt's Bag Blue', paper, made by Reckitt and Colman (Australia) Ltd, Australia, c.1930s - 1940s
made by Reckitt and Colman (Australia) ltd.
Jeremiah Colman began milling flour and mustard in Norwich, England, in 1814, diversifying in the 1850s to produce starch, wheat flour and laundry blue.
In 1940 Isaac Reckitt rented a starch mill in Hull, England, which he purchased in 1848, producing household products such as starch, washing blue and black lead for polishing. Reckitt later passed on his business to his four sons. In 1886 Reckitt & Sons began its expansion to open businesses around the world, the first being in Australia.
In 1938 Reckitt & Sons merged with J&J Colman to become Reckitt & Colman Ltd. Reckitt & Colman sold the Colman's food business in 1995 but continued to produce some food products, such as mustard, mayonnaise and barbecue sauce.
In 1999 Britain's Reckitt & Colman merged with Dutch company Benckiser NV to form Reckitt Benckiser, one of the world's leading manufacturers of cleaning products.