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It came at a time when the introduction of aluminium pots and pans (replacing cast iron) was creating a quiet revolution in the kitchen. Easily blackened by coal fires, the shiny newness of the cookware didn't last long.
A cookware peddler and his brother-in-law, a jeweler, approached New York lawyer Milton Loeb for assistance in protecting their invention, made of German fine steel wool and jeweler's rouge. But Loeb did much more, flinging himself into the pan- scouring business and coming up with the Brillo trademark, from the Latin (and Italian) word for "bright."
Patented in 1913, by 1917 the Brillo Manufacturing Company was selling packaged boxes of six pads and a separate bar of soap. It was only in the 1930s that the soap was contained within the pad. The company merged with Purex Industries in 1962. The Dial Corporation bought Purex Industries in 1985. In 1997, it sold Brillo to Church and Dwight. In the USA, Brillo is made in London, Ohio.
Additional recommended knowledge
Brillo Pad is also used as a makeshift filter to smoke crack, when a tiny piece is inserted into a hollowed out "Rose Tube," found at most convenience stores.
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