On this Father's Day, I think of my Dad whom I lost nearly 15 years ago, and I think that quote tells my tale all these years later. I am my father's daughter, for sure. He was originally from north Jersey, the Paterson-Lodi area where they are bolder, and I do believe my Dad was into women's lib with me long before it was in vogue even though he kept my mother in the true 50s housewife motif.
I don't have much "manly" stuff in my shop since I am a "girly shop" as my antique shop neighbors label me, but I do have a neat shaving set and some shaving items, and some male themed books and oddities like tie tacks and cuff links, but, let's consider men and shaving.
Before the advent of razors, hair was sometimes removed using two shells to pull the hair out or using water and a sharp tool (ouch!). Around 3000 BC when copper tools were developed, copper razors were invented, and it appears that Egyptian priests were into personal hygiene. Alexander the Great strongly promoted shaving during his reign in the 4th century BC to avoid "dangerous beard-grabbing in combat" (the nuns should have practiced that theory with my pig tails).
Anyway, once knives and scissors were developed, the refinements lead to the development of the razor -- the sharpest knife possible. With a very sharp knife, it is possible to begin shaving.
- Gillette had released the "safety razor" in 1901, and it was steadily gaining popularity because of a massive ad campaign. The safety razor made it possible and inexpensive for men to shave daily.
- Soldiers in the United States army were required to shave.
Or, to put it another way, no one makes any money if you have a beard...
― John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court