Mixed Media: Acrylic and collage on canvas board.

I found the image of the Persil ad on the Internet and hand painted it in acrylics. I collaged a photo of the little manual washing machine in Darling Museum (Darling, South Africa) on top of my painting and overpainted it.

I am old enough to remember Persil ads from my childhood days. Who would have guessed that it was first manufactured in Vietnam?

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Top Ten in the group Wash Day ( laundry powders)

Top Ten in Wash Day challenge on Amazing Challenge Entertainment

Top Ten in Everyday Women challenge for domestic work

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I am a qualified art lecturer, now retired and living in Cape Town. My main topic in art is the West Coast of South Africa, and I invite you to visit my blog where you will get to know me better, as well as the lovely area that I love to paint.

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  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hillover 4 years ago

    H Marie, wonderful work………….here in Germany we still wash with PERSIL. It’s one of our best on the market

  • Hi Heidi, haven’t seen it for years! Thank you for the comment!

    – Marie Theron

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 4 years ago

    I love the vintage vibe! Fun stuff Marie!!

  • Ha-ha Ken, we giggled at how she did the washing in high heels!

    – Marie Theron

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    This is so great Marie!! I’m sure Persil changed their name to “Surf”, and that was MANY years ago! this has brought back so many memories!

  • Hi Maree, Thank you!!apparently they are still in Europe! Read Heidi’s comment above.

    – Marie Theron

  • LouJay
    LouJayabout 4 years ago
  • Thank you very much, LouJay!

    – Marie Theron

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work! Congrats on feature and top ten win!

  • Thank you IngridSonja!

    – Marie Theron

  • ZinaImage
    ZinaImageover 3 years ago

    WOAH!!! now there’s a blast from the past. Thats a name I havent heard in many years :)

  • Thank you, Wayne. Do you remember the two boys in school shirts in one of the other Persil ads?

    – Marie Theron

  • ZinaImage
    ZinaImageover 3 years ago

    Yes I believe i do..its rather vague now but some of the images I do remember. My mom used Persil for many many years..that and Lux if you remember that one :) Marie you have bought back many memories of a time long gone for me…..xx

  • Hi Wayne, a little boy in a dull-looking school shirt gets almost whiplash as another guy walks past in his bright white shirt! I loved that ad!

    And Lux flakes, yes! You can see a packet here in my pic sitting on the old washing machine!

    – Marie Theron

  • ZinaImage
    ZinaImageover 3 years ago

    Thank you Marie for pointing that out to me.. I never noticed it..just the big red persil name. I got another for you as well. “Rinso” All these names are returning to me after all these years. :)

  • ……..and those blue cubes for adding to washing, was it Reckitt’s Blue? Look, these are sure giveaways of the era we grew up in!

    – Marie Theron

  • Geraldine (Gezza) Maddrell
    Geraldine (Gez...over 3 years ago

  • Marie Theron
    Marie Theronover 3 years ago

    Thank you Geraldine!

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