11-28-2013, 12:41 PM
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I have a question that probably one or some of our resident Simpsons experts might be able to answer. I was just curious about how people's taste or demands have changed, if they have, over the years. Does anyone know what the most popular Simpson's brushes were say, 50 years ago? 75? a 100? Did our fathers prefer smaller brushes? bigger? our grandfathers? Were Dukes the brushes of choice by the guys who fought Hitler? Useless meandering by a underpowered imagination I know. But I am curious.

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 11-28-2013, 01:10 PM
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Good question ...

We all know humans have 'grown' as a race. I'd wager a bet hand size being proportionate to that growth.

Whether Victorians preferred smaller or bigger brushes I cannot answer.

However, I'm sure back in the day 'small man' syndrome was still evident - BIG is best says the 4' 2" monster truck owner ...

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 11-28-2013, 01:24 PM
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I can't speak for Simpson brushes in particular, but I've noticed from many many antique shop/flea market visits over the last few years that older brushes seemed to run on the small side.
Sure, there are some big ones out there, but most I've seen range from 16-21mm. Considering the past.. wars, poverty, etc...perhaps it was more due to economic reasons than actual preference.Huh

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 11-28-2013, 01:42 PM
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(11-28-2013, 01:24 PM)Arcadies Wrote: I can't speak for Simpson brushes in particular, but I've noticed from many many antique shop/flea market visits over the last few years that older brushes seemed to run on the small side.
Sure, there are some big ones out there, but most I've seen range from 16-21mm. Considering the past.. wars, poverty, etc...perhaps it was more due to economic reasons than actual preference.Huh

I believe your observations are probably correct.

Moreover, post-WWII culture with pronounced contemporary American influence, requires us to "supersize" everything. Why should shave brushes be an exception. Note also that classic razors were also comparatively quite small (~3 inches) and light compared to the many large, ultra-heavy, extra-long and "grande" razors of today.

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 11-28-2013, 01:49 PM
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Mark, do you know when the Chubby style was introduced?

(11-28-2013, 01:10 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: Good question ...

We all know humans have 'grown' as a race. I'd wager a bet hand size being proportionate to that growth.

Whether Victorians preferred smaller or bigger brushes I cannot answer.

However, I'm sure back in the day 'small man' syndrome was still evident - BIG is best says the 4' 2" monster truck owner ...

Wink

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 11-28-2013, 02:14 PM
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In addition to accumulating shaving brushes I collect (and use) vintage and modern fountain pens. My vintage pen collection starts in the late 1800's and covers most years between then and 1960. The one thing that is very noticeable is how fountain pens have blossomed in size since then. That is not to say that big or over-size pens weren't made in the golden age of fountain pens, but on the whole the daily users were not as large as most fountain pens made today are. I would think that this would be the case for razors and brushes; as Steve/Branford said, today we have to "supersize" everything.

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 11-28-2013, 02:27 PM
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One of the earlier designs I'm led to believe Chief.

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 11-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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(11-28-2013, 02:27 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: One of the earlier designs I'm led to believe Chief.

Thanks. I assumed so. It would be nice if there were a way to collect photos of Simpson brushes and arrange/display them chronologically to the extent possible.

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 11-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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(11-28-2013, 02:27 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: One of the earlier designs I'm led to believe Chief.
The original Chubby, Chubby 1, isn't a big brush. The only definitive evidence of what sizes, styles were popular in the past are going to be Simpson's sales records I would imagine. But I'd guess that conspicuous consumption is a modern thing.

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 11-28-2013, 03:15 PM
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+ old catalogs and ads. I've never seen any vintage Simpson adverts, although I assume they must be out there.

(11-28-2013, 02:53 PM)Mouser Wrote:
(11-28-2013, 02:27 PM)Simpson1919 Wrote: One of the earlier designs I'm led to believe Chief.
The original Chubby, Chubby 1, isn't a big brush. The only definitive evidence of what sizes, styles were popular in the past are going to be Simpson's sales records I would imagine. But I'd guess that conspicuous consumption is a modern thing.

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 11-29-2013, 04:00 AM
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(11-28-2013, 01:24 PM)Arcadies Wrote: I can't speak for Simpson brushes in particular, but I've noticed from many many antique shop/flea market visits over the last few years that older brushes seemed to run on the small side.
Sure, there are some big ones out there, but most I've seen range from 16-21mm. Considering the past.. wars, poverty, etc...perhaps it was more due to economic reasons than actual preference.Huh

It could be that the smaller brushes show up in said shops and such because they survived by being the ones least used. By being the unbought stock. The same question is asked about our presumption that the knights of old were smaller men because most of the armour left to us is munchkin sized.

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 11-29-2013, 07:19 AM
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Maybe I missed something somewhere but I always used brushes from 18-20 mm because that's what was made.

Only since finding the Forums have I found mega (24mm) brushes. I could not imagine using anything larger.

I see pictures of even larger brushes and wonder how people use them.( and I am a big guy )

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 11-29-2013, 08:15 AM
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According to this conversation in another thread, the Duke's and Chubby's were very popular.

Quote:SteelTown Wrote:
Great story Gary. I am curious if you have aware any changes in brush trends? What were the big sellers in the 60's vs 80's vs now etc.

Quote:From the 50s through to the end of the 80s the popular brushes were always the Dukes and the Chubbys (not much changes there eh?!).

Gary

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 11-29-2013, 08:51 AM
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(11-29-2013, 07:19 AM)Nickadermis Wrote: Maybe I missed something somewhere but I always used brushes from 18-20 mm because that's what was made.

Only since finding the Forums have I found mega (24mm) brushes. I could not imagine using anything larger.

I see pictures of even larger brushes and wonder how people use them.( and I am a big guy )

* Once you try a larger brush, Eric, it seems to mesmerize you with its massive knot and won't let go! I had the same thoughts, originally, now, I can't go back! Blush
Try one and see what happens. Biggrin

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 11-29-2013, 05:09 PM
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(11-29-2013, 08:51 AM)celestino Wrote: * Once you try a larger brush, Eric, it seems to mesmerize you with its massive knot and won't let go! I had the same thoughts, originally, now, I can't go back! Blush
Try one and see what happens. Biggrin

What happens when I use a really big knot is that lather gets slopped all over the place and I start to experience high anxiety about running out of P.160.

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 11-29-2013, 09:55 PM
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(11-29-2013, 05:09 PM)Chiefbroom Wrote: What happens when I use a really big knot is that lather gets slopped all over the place and I start to experience high anxiety about running out of P.160.

* Ken, that thought never crossed my mind. You could get some good artisan soap that is still being made, or, you could just start meditating and enjoy watching the lather from the P160 go all over the place. Biggrin

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 11-30-2013, 04:34 AM
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(11-29-2013, 07:19 AM)Nickadermis Wrote: Maybe I missed something somewhere but I always used brushes from 18-20 mm because that's what was made.

Only since finding the Forums have I found mega (24mm) brushes. I could not imagine using anything larger.

I see pictures of even larger brushes and wonder how people use them.( and I am a big guy )
I as well, do not like anything bigger than 22mm ....generally speaking. But my two favorite brushes are my Rooney Heritage Stubby at 26mm and my Chubby 2 Best ( which I considered a waste of money at first) My other large brushes are eye candy.

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 12-03-2013, 02:45 AM
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I could have sworn somebody here would know, or be able to find out. Oh well, remains a mystery.

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