Early 20th-century fashions for women revealed more of the body than at any previous time. Corresponding notions of beauty and gender emphasized a lack of body hair for women, and a wide range of products were marketed to that aim. This "shavette" shaver was one such product. By squeezing together the plastic handles of this device, a double row of blades scissored off unwanted hair on the neck, arms, underarms, and legs; much like electric razors do today. This shaver was purchased by the family of Russell K. James in the Shelburne or Buckland area of Franklin County in western Massachusetts. The shaver comes with its original plastic guard, printed cotton carrying case, box, instructional/promotional booklet, and the original price tag (69 cents).
hairstyles; fashion; grooming
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