Bobrick Soap Dispenser Facts
The Bobrick Soap Dispenser Company name originates from George Augustus Bobrick, who founded it in 1906. It was known as Bobrick Chemical Company, manufacturers of various commercial products (waxes, ammonia, etc.).
To promote the sales of liquid soap, Mr. Bobrick and his son, Arthur, designed and produced soap dispensers. (The chemical business was sold out completly in 1938.)
The First Liquid Bobrick Soap Dispenser
G.A. Bobrick conceived the idea of the first liquid soap dispenser and was awarded a U.S. Patent for it in 1908. The Pullman Car Company later asked Bobrick to develop a soap dispenser for use in their railway passenger cars. The result was the first basin-mounted “Pullman” dispenser, which brought Bobrick a second U.S. Patent in 1912. These early inventions established Bobrick as a pioneer in soap dispensing equipment and set a new direction, manufacturing the Bobrick soap dispenser, for the Company.
In the years that followed, many other soap dispenser models were developed. Greater awareness of proper sanitary standards in public washrooms, plus a rapidly growing construction industry, contributed to the increasing success and acceptance of the Bobrick soap dispenser idea.
By the 1920’s, Bobrick had sold some 250,000 soap dispensers throughout the United States, and the Company’s two-page catalog listed a dozen models. From that original dozen, came many, many more. A few of these are featured on this site. If you need nice soap dispensers I would recommend Amazon, even though they are not known as a commercial equipment online retailer. Amazon will have almost anything you need at a price that will be hard to beat.