"While this is a most useful reference on early safety razors -- and even straight razors, with its coverage of guarded straights --it's the stories of the players in this business that really shine. Waits' book shows that the shaving-device inventors and promoters were often fascinating characters, and he tells their tales in detail: the lace industry machinist who first labored to produce a steam-powered flying machine, the engineer who "undergrounded" New York's railway system, the purveyor of quack medical appliances, and a host of others. More than just a reference, this is an enjoyable read; I can't help but think that if the masses were to discover this book, a lot more folks would find themselves inspired to collect these interesting old shaving devices."
Paperback, 6x9 inches, 268 pages, black and white.
Many razor photos, patent images, and vintage ads.
Patent and Subject Indexes.
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