Arthur James Pye – Hair Specialist
Arthur James Pye was born on 14 December, 1899 at Ingestre, Staffordshire. He was the youngest of the four children of farm labourer, James Pye and his wife, Ellen Mort.
Arthur’s brother, George Arnold Pye, was recorded as a hairdresser on the 1901 census (George died at 20 years of age) and Arthur followed his brother into the hair dressing profession. Arthur was listed as a ‘Hairdresser’s assistant’ at Mineshead, Somersetshire on the 1911 census. After he was fully trained Arthur moved to Blackpool, Lancashire and started his own hairdressing business at 5 Queens Street and 7 Market Street, Blackpool where he worked until his death in 1976.
Arthur became very successful in his business and went on to develop and market a scalp treatment machine; a high voltage violet ray wand machine, claimed to stimulate hair growth. There are a few articles in the Catholic Herald advertising Arthur Pye’s book “How to End Hair and Scalp Troubles” which explained the ‘real causes for hair loss’.
One advertisement from the 1960’s claimed, “Hair troubles can be conquered! World famous hair specialist offers – Free Books all about the hair and how to keep it healthy.” “Grateful clients praise Arthur Pye treatments”.
UK incoming passenger lists record Arthur James Pye returning to England after a trip to Europe. Arthur is listed amongst the passengers of the “Venus” which had departed Madeira, Portugal and arrived at Plymouth, England on 16 October, 1954. Arthur was 65 years old and his occupation recorded as ‘hair specialist’ and address as Kirkland, Poulton. So it seems Arthur marketed his machines across Europe.
Arthur James Pye married twice but did not have any children. His first wife was Dorothy While whom he married in 1923 and after her death he married in 1939 to Dorothy Yerinak Kavanozian, daughter of artist, Dieran Kavanozian. It is assumed they divorced as Dorothy married a second time to Louis Malone.