The date code puts these Gillette Toggle razors as being made the 3rd quarter of 1955. The A-3 code is hidden but found stamped on the underneath of the base plate/blade bed. There is a four digit serial number on the bottom plate. That means in all likelihood ten thousand or less of these razors were originally produced. It seems that only a dozen or so have survived to this day. The razor's originally retail list price was $7.50 and has a serial numbered warranty card that matches the serial number stamped into the razor. The last most aggressive adjustment position is "5" and the first least aggressive adjustment position is "1". There is an internal spring that causes a firm click at each adjustment position.With adjustments at each 1/2 position, there are a total of nine adjustments that can be made with this razor. The leather case is made of pigskin. The razor came with a five year free service guarantee when the 3 cent postage paid registration card was sent in. It also came with a crystal clear "Styrene" cap to protect the head of the razor when traveling. The razor weighs 79 grams
A One-of-a Kind Historical Find! The Colman M. Mockler Jr. Gold Serial Toggle #1450
Colman M. Mockler Jr. was the CEO of The Gillette Company between 1975 and his untimely death in 1991. What follows are pictures of a razor set I have obtained from his son. This razor set is Colman M. Mockler Jr's personal Gold Serial Toggle (#1450) which was given to him by Edward M. Lewiecki*, co-inventor of the Serial Toggle, while they were both senior employees at The Gillette Company. I sent the 96 year old former VP of R&D, Ed Lewiecki photographs of the inscription on the shipper and via phone he indeed verified with me that those are his initials (*See the initials "EML" on the outer shipper box. It was first proposed by B&B member Bruce aka Graybeard57 that EML was indeed Ed Lewiecki - razor inventor at Gillette). The set is in almost perfect condition
The first know advertisement for a Gillette Adjustable Razor from Reed's Pharmacy! It is a 1-5 Position Serial Toggle. (6/7/1956 Racine Journal Times P36 - Racine, WI)
Some Pages from the Instruction Manual...
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