05-08-2018, 07:41 AM
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Here's a cool little wooden SE razor.  It's the Welch's Saratoga Disposable Razor for women.  It's a full-sized razor, all wood, with a non-removable blade and open comb.  Early 20th Century.


My best research suggests it was sold in the upstate New York summer resorts, such as Saratoga.  Take your girl away for the weekend, and get her grooming equipment in case you left the big city in a hurry for your rendezvous. 

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 05-08-2018, 09:27 AM
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Interesting. I love these glimpses into the world before plastic Smile

The marketing is interesting too... "perfectly safe", "objectionable hair"... the past was a different time indeed Smile

/Edit: it seems to have been sold under two names; Saratoga and E-KON-I-ME (whatever that is supposed to mean).

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 05-08-2018, 10:46 AM
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Interesting find!  I noticed the "Pat. Applied For" language.

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 05-08-2018, 11:20 AM
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I find no patents granted to anyone named "Welch" in the relevant time frame... but the two things to keep in mind is that Google Patent Search isn't infallible, and Welch isn't necesarely the inventor. It's not unlikely that a patent was not granted though; nothing particularly new in the design, even by the standards of the 1910s and 20s.

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 05-08-2018, 12:28 PM
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(05-08-2018, 11:20 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I find no patents granted to anyone named "Welch" in the relevant time frame... but the two things to keep in mind is that Google Patent Search isn't infallible, and Welch isn't necesarely the inventor. It's not unlikely that a patent was not granted though; nothing particularly new in the design, even by the standards of the 1910s and 20s.

It's also possible that no one ever actually applied for a patent, but rather affixed the language for marketing purposes or to discourage competition.

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 05-08-2018, 01:58 PM
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(05-08-2018, 09:27 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Interesting. I love these glimpses into the world before plastic Smile

The marketing is interesting too... "perfectly safe", "objectionable hair"... the past was a different time indeed Smile

/Edit: it seems to have been sold under two names; Saratoga and E-KON-I-ME (whatever that is supposed to mean).
E-KON-I-ME = Economy

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 05-08-2018, 02:07 PM
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I don't find this razor in the Waits compendium. FWIW, the end of the box is labeled, "Woodward Williams Company Inc. New York".  I assume that was the manufacturer contracted to produce these, but I didn't find any info on that firm in a short Google search.

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 05-08-2018, 02:51 PM
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Very cool!

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