december / 03


3rd December, 1901 : It was announced yesterday in America that a replaceable razor would be going on sale some time next year. It is the invention of King Camp Gillette, a businessman who actually patented it in 1895. Shaped like a hoe, the double-edged blade is designed to be used just once, or until blunt, and then thrown away. As well as being a safety razor, Gillette claims that it will be more efficient than existing models. With the decline of beards, it should find a ready market.

[Inauspicious beginning of a throw-away society. I wonder what Mr Gillette would say about today’s single year use of motor vehicles; as his disposable razors, throw-away cars increase the need for steel and keep the economy going. ]

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