In the early 1880s Thomas opened a chemist in the town of Ossett. In Ossett he also operated as a wine merchant. He enjoyed an exclusive right to distribute W & A Gilbey Wines in Ossett. Following the establishment of the Ossett chemist he established an additional chemist in Louth. In 1891 he opened a further chemist in Swinton, Salford.
Initially the Cussons brand was attached principally to medicine. In 1893 the Cussons range included the following:
- Cussons "Excelsior" Tic Mixture
- Cussons Compound Rhubarb Pills
- Cussons Antibilious Pills
- Cussons "Excelsior" Black Currant Cough Elixir
- Cussons Effervescing Saline
In 1897 Thomas acquired a glass blowing factory in Harpurhey, which marked the beginning of a great increase in business. Thomas' commercial activities laid the foundations for his son Alex Cussons who would make Cussons into a multinational brand and manufacture the famous Cussons Imperial Leather soap.
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