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1930

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Copy Of Patent For Safety Razor Handle (USA), September 2, 1930

This is a Copy of patent for safety razor handle. It was made by Joseph B. Friedman. It is dated September 2, 1930. Its medium is ink on paper.

This is an official patent drawing for one of inventor Joseph Friedman’s many designs for personal care. Best-known for inventing the flexible straw, Friedman designed a range of objects, including writing implements, improvements to engines, household products, and, of course, this safety razor handle. He explained his invention in earlier sketches: "One purpose is a convenient and readily accessible place for carrying additional blades; another to combine in one article the razor and the blade container box; and a further purpose is to provide a large comfortable handle which is very easy to grasp and effects a good grip and perfect control of the movements of the razor-head." Friedman received nine United States patents and several foreign ones over the course of his long career.

It is credited Joseph B. Friedman Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2001.3031.

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Its dimensions are

H x W (document): 29 x 19.5 cm (11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in.) H x W (mounted): 29.4 x 19.8 cm (11 9/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach.

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