01-02-2019, 11:26 PM
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When you think "disposable razor" today, you think plastic. But there was a time before non-biodegradable materials were the material of choice for things used a few times and then dumped in the landfill... and in those days a lady would want smooth legs and hairless pits even if she had forgotten her grooming equipment when she went on a unplanned rendezvous.
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Enter the Welch's Saratoga Disposable Razor and/or E-KON-I-ME (economy?) razors, identical in all but name as far as I can tell, and both also used the trademark "Just A Little Shaver". A perfectly safe hair remover that would aid you in removing objectionable hair.
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Robert K Waits' compendium tracks the trademark back to 1917, not that long after we as a society started body-shaming women into shaving their armpits (which happened in 1915).
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The razor was made by Woodward-Williams Co. Inc., of Rochester, NY. Given that the only difference is the markings on the head, and that Saratoga apparently was a popular summer resort, I assume it was possible at the time for a hotel or resort to have razors like these rebranded as a promotional item... something you could keep for a while as a tangible reminder of the unplanned rendezvous you suddenly went on.
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The razor itself is simple enough; all wooden construction, a head with an open comb cut on one side and a slot for a blade, and a fairly stubby handle. Given the coarseness of the comb - only five teeth across the whole razor - it probably wasn't the smoothest of razors out there... but it was available on site as it were, and if you really need a shave a razor in your hand is ten times better than a razor at home.
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The E-KON-I-ME brand was also used on a razor blade sharpener. The name makes more sense for that product, so I'm assuming in the absence of firm information that the sharpener started manufacture before the little wooden disposable.
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A bio-degradable disposable would be a nice option to have today, but I think I would prefer something a bit more refined than these wooden ones. Still fun to dive into what little I could find about them and share with y'all.

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 01-03-2019, 03:43 AM
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Thanks for the Trivia..... Cheers

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 01-03-2019, 05:16 AM
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Where do you find this stuff?

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 01-03-2019, 05:52 AM
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(01-03-2019, 05:16 AM)Lipripper60 Wrote: Where do you find this stuff?

Google's patent search is a rich source for weird stuff, as is Robert K Wait' Safety Razor Compendium. From that start I can get keywords, and then a google search will often yield more information Smile

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 01-03-2019, 09:05 AM
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Strange but true history.  

Thanks Hans!

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