This 103+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Moderate aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No tears. Moderate water stain - right margin. There are some light water stains in the margins of this ad.
Pears Soap. Pears soap was created by Andrew Pears of Mevagissey, Cornwall. Andrew moved to London to become a barber and after completing barber school he opened his own barberÕs shop on Gerrard Street in Soho. He began experimenting and creating his own cosmetic products. He noticed many of his customers having damage to their faces by the harsh soaps of the 1700s, which contained arsenic and lead. He began experimenting with the purification of soap and produced a much gentler soap with a glycerine base. This soap had a transparent appearance, which had its marketing advantages.
Francis Pears, AndrewÕs grandson, joined the business in 1835, which started A. & F. Pears Ltd. The Great Exhibition of 1851 awarded the company the prize medal for soap. Thomas J. Barratt, FrancisÕ son-in-law, was known as the father of modern advertising joined the family business in 1862.
In 1910 A. & F. Pears Ltd. moved to Port Sunlight, England after becoming part of Lever Brothers. Today Hindustan Lever, a company Unilever owns over half of, produces Pears soap.
Fun Fact: Pears Soap is the worldÕs oldest continuously existing brand according to Unilever records and the worldÕs first registered brand.
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