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Gem Micromatic [safety razor blade]

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Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
Accession Number
000003286 a-c
Description
Razor blade, which consists of a rectangular metal blade (a) in a rectangular cardboard band (b) in a rectangular paper wrapper (c); the blade has a folded metal base, from which extends a thin, rectangular blade, with an oblong hole in its centre and semicircular notches at its side; it is wrapped…
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Accession Number
000003286 a-c
Collection
Rockwood / Kingston Psychiatric Hospital / Providence Continuing Care Centre Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Dermatology
MeSH Heading
Hair Removal -- instrumentation
Hygiene -- instrumentation
MM= Household Articles -- razor
Description
Razor blade, which consists of a rectangular metal blade (a) in a rectangular cardboard band (b) in a rectangular paper wrapper (c); the blade has a folded metal base, from which extends a thin, rectangular blade, with an oblong hole in its centre and semicircular notches at its side; it is wrapped in a rectangular cardboard band which is folded over three times; both parts are wrapped in a thin paper wrapper to form a rectangular package.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - blade - Size: Length 4.0 cm x Width 2.0 cm
b - band - Size: Length 9.5 cm x Width 1.4 cm
c - wrapper - Size: Length 5.8 cm x Width 5.6 cm
Provenance
Used at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.
Maker
American Safety Razor Corporation
Site Made (City)
Brooklyn
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1920
1950
circa 1920-1950
Material
metal: silver
paper: brown; white; orange
Inscriptions
The paper label reads, "GEM // MICROMATIC // BLADE // SINGLEDGE // GEM BLADE // REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. // GUARANTEED BY // GEM DIVISION // AMERICAN SAFETY RAZOR CORP. // BROOKLYN 1. N.Y. MADE IN U.S.A. // Avoid '5 o'clock Shadow' // HOLD RAZOR // FLAT AGAINST FACE"; in raised metal letters at the base of the razor blade, "GEMBLADE" appears; on the oopposite side of the base, "PATS 1739280 //1773614 // GEM // MADE IN // U.S.A." appears in raised metal letters.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E5-5
Condition Remarks
The blade was in very good condition; there were no signs of corrosion, and it appeared unused; both the band and wrapper were yellowing; the wrapper also had a small hole in two of its folded corners; there was a brown deposit, 0.8 cm x 0.7 cm on the wrapper's inner surface; there were particles of dust and dirt inside the wrapper.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
C. Cox, retired Kingston Psychiatric Hospital RN
Research Facts
Used by patient and barber at KPH, a veteran; arrived with artifacts 000.003.282-.285 and .287-.297
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