GEM/Ever Ready Comparitive Timeline Mar 19, 2014 9:29:03 GMT -6
Post by mos6502 on Mar 19, 2014 9:29:03 GMT -6
1930 The Improved Ever Ready ("1912") - what we call the Ever Ready "1912" finally coming into common production (see above, regarding "Radio")
1933 ER "E-Bar" - potentially earlier than the Gem offering of the same model? (Last use of "Ever Ready" in the US)
1930s "Star" - supercedes "Ever Ready" in the US (British market continues with "Every Ready") and duplicates "Gem" ("1912") ... perhaps simply becoming the "Junior"
1930s? Gem G-Bar (introduced after the cessation of the Ever Ready trademark in the US)
How's that, folks?
It's probably better to separate the British and U.S. timelines since the duplicity of brand names can make things really confusing. The Radio 1912, so far as I know wasn't made by the U.S. factory. I had originally though the Radio 1912 must have been an early 1912 variation, but now that I've seen better photos of them I think they're actually from late in the 1912's life. This is because they have (at least that I've seen) the late brit 1912 blade stops:
(left: late, Right: early)
The font used on the Radio also looks identical to that used on the British Gem 1912, and I've only ever seen the Gem name on late British 1912s.
It would be interesting to know when the British began to make the 1912s, since it seems they didn't produce any razors in England at first. The English branch of ASR started in 1921, but it didn't become Ever Ready Razor Products until a few years later. I think, but do not know, that up until then they were simply importing razors from the U.S.
I also doubt that the British ER version of the Heavy Flat Top/G bar appeared any earlier than the U.S. version. When they do show up cased, it's always in one of the post-war styrene cases.