03-19-2020, 12:08 AM
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A seemingly bright idea that I stumbled over as I was clicking through the Mechanix Illustrated archives; the Rally Dry Shaver was a lawn mower for your five o'clock shadow. It folded up to sit in your pocket, and worked by simply running it over your face.
According to the advertisements, the Rally was the easiest, most painless, easiest to use shaver ever invented. Reality was probably less rosy.
A quick search via Google shows that quite a few of these are still around, and looking to be in good shape too. That alone makes me think they were less useful than the advertisements claimed - if the Rally had worked properly, they would have seen a lot more use.
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All in all an interesting, but pointless, gizmo.

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 03-19-2020, 05:15 AM
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  • chazt
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Lawn mower, indeed! From the looks of it, this contraption probably pulled the hair more than cut.

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 03-19-2020, 06:56 AM
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I've been trying to find the patent for it, but no luck so far :/

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 03-19-2020, 01:07 PM
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this is marketed for 5 o'clock shadow so it's not meant for a morning shave but just to clean up the scruff before going out that night. still scary tho

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 03-19-2020, 05:18 PM
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Not sure if this is of any help but there were several US patents filed starting in the late 30's by what appear to be at least six claimants for similar devices, one of which was apparently trying to produce an, "electric dry shaver".  In 1948 this ended up in litigation with the Ward Machine Company being the sale agent holding the Vestpok razor trademark apparently prevailing.  The judgment for the litigation listing all the various claimants patent number is at https://casetext.com/case/harris-v-washington-shirt-co

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 03-20-2020, 01:39 AM
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(03-19-2020, 05:18 PM)Frog1956 Wrote: Not sure if this is of any help but there were several US patents filed starting in the late 30's by what appear to be at least six claimants for similar devices, one of which was apparently trying to produce an, "electric dry shaver".  In 1948 this ended up in litigation with the Ward Machine Company being the sale agent holding the Vestpok razor trademark apparently prevailing.  The judgment for the litigation listing all the various claimants patent number is at https://casetext.com/case/harris-v-washington-shirt-co

Looks like a good resource, thanks.. I'll look through the patents when I got a bit of time - should be fun regardless Smile

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