Back in 1965 Mr Bernard S Hansom filed a patent. It was not a unique event, Mr Hansom filed a dozen or so patents in the 60’s. But what caught my eye was the title; Shaving units and dispensers therefor.
And judging by the drawings it is an absolute unit too; broad and thick. But what exactly is a shaving unit, and why would it need dispensers?
In 1954 Allen Phillip Algier and Ford M Radenbaugh filed a patent for a disposable safety razor. And while the patent wasn’t granted until 1957, it is an interesting little razor that gives the term “lather catcher” a new face. It was meant to be complete with either soap or cream carried in the razor itself.
Back in 1901 Mr Ernest F Ogborn patented a razor cleaner, presumably because he was tired of using razor cleaning paper. I briefly mentioned this patent when I discussed the sanitary package, but I figured a closer look could be fun.
As a reminder, a razor cleaning paper was1 a soft paper used for wiping excess lather and moisture of a straight edge razor. While nothing particularly special or difficult to get hold of, a barber would go through a lot of them during the day. This would create waste, as well as costing money. Mr Ogborn had a handy solution to both issues.
Continuing on the theme on disposable and aseptic shaving cups, I present today the most complete kit so far: A 1915 patent for a sanitary package for shavers use. The kit has a cup. It has aseptic soap. There is a brush – not just a knot. It has a disinfectant strip. It has a towel! The package even has a razor cleaning paper‽
While the anthrax scare and fear of germs gave rise to several disposableshavingbrushes and lathering devices, the scary germs and bacteria could also be found on the soap and in the cup. While soap could be contained in the brush, or made in shave sized pieces, the cup was an issue. A barber could either opt for individual cups for his regular customers, or use a disposable shaving cup.
Fear, uncertainly and doubt more or less killed of the horse hair shaving brush in the 1920’s. FUD about anthrax from shaving brushes, to be specific. I’ve mentioned the subject before, but it has been a while. So lets revisit the subject with a 103 years old public health report titled – unsurprisingly – “Anthrax from shaving brushes”.
A slightly newer advertisement than I’ve brought up lately, Gillette released this at about the same I was born. There is a couple of interesting points to make when it comes to the ad and what it shows.