03-03-2020, 02:15 AM
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We might not think about it today, but those of us who uses vintage razors dating to before the mid 1930's are actually using them with a blade they were not designed for - but the blade we're using was designed to be compatible with them. And while the blade shown in this advertisement that ran in the June 1930 edition of Scientific American isn't identical to the blade we know and love, it's more than halfway there... Gillette just needed a lawsuit and a messy corporate merger with the American Safety Razor Company to get all the way there.

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As an aside, this blade is probably the one covered by US patent 1,850,902 which was filed in late 1929. I might go into details on that at some point.

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 03-03-2020, 04:06 AM
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Another interesting old advertisement, Hans. You ought to consider compiling these into book form.

Biggrin

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 03-03-2020, 04:48 AM
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Interestingly, the blades are $1.00 for 10, which works out to 10 cents each.  Today, one can still find a few brands of blades for 10 cents each or less, if purchased by the 100.

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 03-03-2020, 05:55 AM
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(03-03-2020, 04:06 AM)chazt Wrote: Another interesting old advertisement, Hans. You ought to consider compiling these into book form.

Biggrin

The trouble with compiling advertisments - as opposed to, say, patents - into a book is that you run headlong into the minefield that is copyright, fair use, public domain etc... when I got time to sit down and track down where each advertisment came from, I will quite possible do so Smile

(03-03-2020, 04:48 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Interestingly, the blades are $1.00 for 10, which works out to 10 cents each. Today, one can still find a few brands of blades for 10 cents each or less, if purchased by the 100.

0.10$ in 1930 equals - when adjusted for inflation - 1.50$ today... I cannot of the top of my head think of a popular DE blade that costs that much today.

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