Shaving units and dispensers therefor

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?

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Razor cleaner

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.

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Barber’s aseptic shaving cup

In 1913 Joseph Lupowitz and Benjiman Mackilbank1 jointly invented and patented an aseptic shaving cup, described in the patent introduction as:

…a novel form of barbers aseptic shaving cup insuring to the barbers customer, the use of an aseptic shaving cup, aseptic brush and aseptic soap.


Compared to the disposable shaving cup I discussed a couple of days ago, this goes one better by including a brush.

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Charles E Scott’s disposable shaving cup

While the anthrax scare and fear of germs gave rise to several disposable shaving brushes 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.

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Raymond H Wilhelm and the bright idea

Raymond H Wilhelm wasn’t the first nor the last man who got a bright idea while shaving. He wasn’t even the first or last to get the idea to put something bright on his razor. Before I’ve mentioned patents from Lester E Norquist1 and F Pollifrone,2 as well as an aftermarket brightness enhancer.

The idea seems bright enough; the place you’ll need the most light where shaving is just where your hand and razor will shade for the light. The solution – the light bulb idea, if you will – is to place the light in or on the razor. And that is what Raymond H Wilhelm did in his patent application one hundred years ago.

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Improved method of making flexible safety-razor blades with bright letters or signs

A long title for a shortish post. Sometimes when I am digging trough patents online, I find one that is only tangentially related to shaving, but still interesting enough to post about. This, from a fellow Scandinavian, is one of those. Touted as an improved way to adorn a razor blade with bright letters or signs, the described method should work just as well on any steel item.

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