Mockups for a variety of paint brush designs by Charles “Chuck” Harrison. Harrison, born September 23, 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana, is an American industrial designer residing in Chicago. He was the first African-American executive to work at Sears, Roebuck and Company, starting in 1961 as a designer and eventually becoming manager of the company’s entire design group. He was involved in the design of over 750 consumer products, including the portable hair dryer,toasters, stereos, lawn mowers, sewing machines, Craftsman power tools, the see-through measuring cup, fondue pots, stoves, and the first plastic trash can, which has been credited with changing the sound of trash collection day. Perhaps his most famous achievement was leading the team that updated the View-Master in 1958, designing the classic Model F View-Master.
(Images courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago/Tehrkot Media)