Dating gillette razors blades
This is not 100% accurate, since the blades may not be original or may have been made before or after the razor. The single-letter date codes are accompanied by a number, which corresponds to the quarter of the year. Date codes on blades (see above) also continued through this period.
Gold plated Big Fellow intro'd as NEW Big Boy Deluxe.
Though from 1921 to 1931 this was just for the top models.
And there was a brief period in 1927/8 when there were no serial numbers.
There is a letter of the alphabet for the year and a number for the quarter within the year. They worked their way through the alphabet till 1955, when they started at A again. With this system you can buy a razor within a 3 month window within which your birthday lies.
Looking at some of my razors there is a red tip Super Speed that has B2 stamped on the underside of the head, this razor was made in April, May or June of 1956 and it still shaves perfectly today.
Gillette is one manufacturer for whom we have information on serial numbers and later date of manufacture codes that we can link to time.
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