The Razor of To-day

Well, if ‘today’ was one hundred and thirteen years ago, that is. Straight from the pages of “Hardware and housewares“, the advertisement is delightfully simple for the time. A tagline, and a drawing of an Gillette Old Type razor and some blades. No wall of text, as other ads had. Instead the image has to carry the message.

A 1911 Gillette advertisement

Even today, about a hundred and twenty years after the Old Type was introduced, this would be a pretty sweet setup. Well, not would be – it is a sweet setup. There is a reason why I got an Old Type in my rotation, and why my travel razor is a 1918’s Service Set.

I’m a little sceptical to the old carbon blades, but that is because any you can get today is – unsurprisingly – old.

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