Mason Pearson was a Victorian Engineer and Inventor. He began his career designing wool processing looms in Bradford. In the mid-1860s Mason worked at the British Steam Brush Works in London’s East End and later joined a partnership making by hand small brushes for the domestic market.
Mason Pearson incorporated the knowledge from his time in the wool processing industry to spark the invention of an automatic brush-boring machine to speed up the whole process of brush making. In 1885 public recognition of this resulted in his being awarded a Silver Medal at the International Inventions Exhibition in London.
In the same year he extended the idea to the inspirational ‘pneumatic’ rubber-cushion hairbrush. It took until 1905 to improve and hone his technique, much of which was still required to be done by hand.
He died the following year aged 64. His widow Mary and his descendants continued the business in the factory in Old Ford Road London until 1986 when it moved to a new site in Stratford. In 2009 the company moved premised once more to make way for the Olympic site. The new factory is established in Rainham Essex and still run by the Pearson family.
The basic product has barely changed since the 1920s and some of the original model names are still with us today: Large Extra, Small Extra, Popular and Junior.