MIL­I­TARY IS­SUE

Our Canada - - The Way It Was -

King C. Gil­lette rev­o­lu­tion­ized changes in hy­giene care for men with his in­ven­tion of the first safety ra­zor patented in the U.S. in 1904.

With the start of World War I, Gil­lette saw an op­por­tu­nity to sup­ply fight­ing men with a ra­zor and blades stored in a small metal box that was to be car­ried among their per­sonal items.

The sol­diers were or­dered to shave daily, a prac­tice in per­sonal hy­giene against un­san­i­tary con­di­tions of trench war­fare.

In 1939, at the out­break of World War II, fight­ing men were again pre­sented with a metal box with blades and a ra­zor that was car­ried in their knap­sack.

The knap­sack was then buck­led to a har­ness and fit­ted up high on the sol­dier’s back.

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