Procter & Gamble was founded in 1837 when William Procter and James Gamble went into business together due to their father-in-laws suggestion. The company originally produced soap and candles.
In the 1880s, Ivory soap was launched.
In 1911, Crisco was introduced.
In 1930, the company acquired Thomas Hedley Co.
In 1946, Tide was launched and Prell was introduced a year later.
In 1955, the company began to sell Crest, the first flouride toothpaste.
In 1957, the company acquired Charmin Paper Mills and entered the toilet paper business.
In 1961, the company released Pampers which went on to become the first successful disposable diaper.
Other acquisitions included Folgers Coffee, Old Spice, Pepto Bismol and Iams.
Today, P&G has over 50 brands. Almost half of those brands have at least $1 billion in annual sales.