Gillette safety razor blades, c 1930s.

1931-1940 in England
King Camp Gillette

Two packet of razor blades, blue paper with picture of King C Gillette

Blue Gillette razor blades. American inventor, King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) developed the first disposable blade safety razor during the 1890s with engineer William Emery Nickerson. The Gillette company sold the first safety razors and disposable blades in 1903 and, by the end of 1904, had produced 40,000 razors and over 12 million blades. The double- edged razor was also introduced in the same year. In 1999, Gillette made nearly $10 billion in sales in over 200 countries.


Plastics and Modern Materials
Object Number:
1980-676/197 Pt3
razor blades, razor blades, personal grooming (domestic)
Purchase (Roger Newport)

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