However, Rolls Razor announced that it was to close its factory because of mounting losses and fears of a world slump - it was going back 'home' to Cricklewood.
The company sold the Hemel Hempstead site and land for expansion to Kodak.
Tricky to use as two simultaneous actions are needed - cranking the lever and guiding the shaving head. In recent years, Philips had extended the Philishave brand to include hair clippers, beard trimmers and beard shapers.
View 5 comments about this object A1462 PHILISHAVE BATTERY SHAVER, 1950's Philishave was the brand name for the electric shavers manufactured by the Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care unit of Philips (in the U. Philips used the Philishave brand name for their shavers from 1939 to 2006.
After the war, a slightly improved version of the cigar-shaped single-head shaver was introduced.
A more ergonomic egg-shaped single-head model was introduced in 1948 and was designed by US industrial designer Raymond Loewy.
Assuming good prospects on the electric shaver market, Rolls Razor opened a new factory in Hemel Hempstead, where it was one of the pioneers in a new industrial area.Bruce Hammond Collection View 1 comment about this object A1243 WHITES ELECTRIC HAIR BRUSH, 1920's "Electricity gives life giving properties to the hair right down to the roots".According to the instructions, one 3 volt battery can do all this? Just switch the unit on and brush 5 minutes in the morning and 7 minutes at night.The Philishave shaver was invented by Philips engineer Alexandre Horowitz, who used rotating cutters instead of the reciprocating cutters that had been used in previous electric shavers.The shaver was introduced in 1939, though initial production was limited due to the outbreak of World War II (the production facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands was overrun by the German Army in 1940).