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TitleShaving Set
Object NameShaving Set
Manufactured ByAmerican Safety Razor Company
DescriptionShaving set "Gem Clog-Pruf No. 150" phenolic (Bakelite?) holder and handle for badger shaving brush. In addition: a razor case of Urea Formaldehyde (Plaskon?) with razor. Sold as a set in packaging box." The Gem Safety Razor Company was founded in 1898 by Jerry Reichard and merged with other companies in 1906 as the American Safety Razor Company. The Gem name continued as a popular safely razor Brand" Bakelite and other phenolics were widely used for brush and even razor handles because of their appearance, durability and water resistance. Urea formaldehyde, used to form the razor case, under the Plaskon and other names was increasingly used as an alternative plastic from the mid-1930s through the 1950s, until polystyrene and other easy to inject plastics were widespread. During World War II razor production was limited as steel was diverted to weaponry. Shaving brushes and safety razors regained popularity and presence after 1945 until disposable razors (set in plastic handles) and prepared shaving cream began to displace them in the 1970s.
Date Manufacturedca. 1950?
MaterialPhenol Formaldehyde (PF) and Urea Formaldehyde (UF)
Number of Objects2
Accession Number2009_079.080
DonorGift of Lawrence J. Broutman
Broad SubjectPersonal Care and Toiletries
SubjectsShaving
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