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Lady Gillette manufacture dates.

Hi all.

The Gillette wiki page at the top states that the Lady Gillettes were made from '63-'76. But throughout the rest of the article, only the year 1975 comes up. Is this a typo at the top? I know there has been some dispute about the dates possibly going earlier than that, but wifey's birth razor would be a '76 so I'm looking for one of those if they exist. Anyone run across one in their internet travels?
 
Looking back at the history of the edits to that page it looks like that change coincided with some fairly heavy reorganization of the content, so it's a little hard to tell exactly what was going on. It looks like there were originally two different wiki pages for the Lady Gillette, and the one that's there now originally gave the dates as stopping in 1975, which matches what's in the table on the date codes page. But the second page, that got merged in with the one that's there now, gave the production as running to 1976.

I can find some other references online of the 1976 date, but what I can't seem to turn up with some quick googling, is an actual example of a "W" coded Lady Gillette.
 
Ok. Thought I was just me. I googled the heck out of it yesterday too and couldn't find a "W" as well.
 
After some research it seems to me that 1961 is probably correct. I am less certain about 1976.

The G (1961) examples might have been limited production for a test market, but as already mentioned they exist. At http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/285725-FS-Slim-Lady-Gillette-Blue-Tip-Krona-Knack-Tech-Trav-Tech-Trav-OC-ER-brush Krona Kruiser sold a G-2 Lady Gillette, and at http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/25415-2-Lady-Gillette-Lots is another G-2. There does not seem to be much advertising until 1963, but I found what appear to be 1962 trademark notices and those generally lagged first use.

If the W (1976) exists, it is thinner on the ground. My google and ebay researches were also unsuccessful. The 1976 Drug Topics Redbook mentions the Lady Gillette. That helps, but might have been earlier manufacture.

So please consider this a second call for examples of 1976 Lady Gillette razors. Achim, are you following this thread?
 
I have a Lady Gillette I'm trying to date. It has no date code. Anyone know when that might be?
Edited to add: My info was incorrect. It does indeed have a date code, I just had to look harder. N-4. I read that as the 4th quarter(Oct-Dec) of 1968.
 
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