08-28-2019, 08:18 PM
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Quote:If you are still depending upon the barber or old fashioned razor you are in the same category with the man who climbs ten flight of stairs when there is an elevator in the building.


While there is many things we can gleam from this advertisement from May 1908 - one of which is the almost curious lack of contractions ("you are" instead of "you're" in the small excerpt I copied above) - the two that stands out to me is the fact that a safety razor with a dozen blades set you back a mere 5 USD, and you could get combination sets for tens times that price.
Adjusting for a hundred and eleven years of inflation, that equals about 140 USD for a single razor with blades, and a whooping 1400 USD for the most expensive set...

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 08-28-2019, 10:26 PM
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(08-28-2019, 08:18 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: [Image: 122551881196-0.jpg]

Quote:If you are still depending upon the barber or old fashioned razor you are in the same category with the man who climbs ten flight of stairs when there is an elevator in the building.


While there is many things we can gleam from this advertisement from May 1908 - one of which is the almost curious lack of contractions ("you are" instead of "you're" in the small excerpt I copied above) - the two that stands out to me is the fact that a safety razor with a dozen blades set you back a mere 5 USD, and you could get combination sets for tens times that price.
Adjusting for a hundred and eleven years of inflation, that equals about 140 USD for a single razor with blades, and a whooping 1400 USD for the most expensive set...

So what you are saying is that when I buy a razor or brush for roughly $140 that im really only spending a mere 5 buck(1908 money) which means that I can buy all kinds of stuff and not worry about it. Count me in, im sold. Looks like im going shopping, yay.

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 08-29-2019, 06:59 AM
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I guess I'm old school all the way. I would rather climb the 10 flights of stairs and take my time rather than rush up or down and get it over and miss out on the experience of the stair climbing. 
Gillette, a man with a vision and a hero of mine.

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 08-29-2019, 07:07 AM
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Cool advert. I’m sold!

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 08-29-2019, 07:46 AM
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(08-29-2019, 06:59 AM)Garb Wrote: I guess I'm old school all the way. I would rather climb the 10 flights of stairs and take my time rather than rush up or down and get it over and miss out on the experience of the stair climbing. 
Gillette, a man with a vision and a hero of mine.

I'm in the same category. My mother happen to live in a 10 story building and the only time I took the elevator was when I helped her to move in her new place.

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 08-29-2019, 02:25 PM
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(08-28-2019, 08:18 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote: While there is many things we can gleam from this advertisement from May 1908 . . .

(1)  King Gillette (standing up) looks quite different my impression of his visage printed on a box of blades.

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(2)  “Blades so expensive, when dull you throw them away as you would an old pen.”  
     Who throws away an old pen?

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 08-30-2019, 12:00 PM
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It was a compelling ad, to say the least. 
I really do get a heightened sense of enjoyment 
Whenever I read vintage advertisements for 
Any shaving products. I assure you that a 
Person could walk into just about any type of
Retail store in the city of Chicago during the 
Late 1950's -- 1960's and find Gillette Razors 
And Blades, and all the exclusive stores on
Michigan Ave. Not only carried Gillette but 
Also all the Gem products.
I for one really appreciate that OP was able 
To dig up such a great ad.

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