Gillette Goodwills, Standard #160 models, early 1930s
With the Great Depression gripping the United States, Gillette began selling a set with a set with a razor and ten blades for $1 in 1931. "This box contains Ten GILLETTE BLADES at the regular price $1. Also One Goodwill New GILLETTE RAZOR free." The name was because the offering was ostensibly a goodwill gesture to a struggling country. It was also a convenient way to use up discontinued Old Type parts and surplus NEW parts! Because of this, there were several Goodwill variations that shave and look quite different from one another. Also because of this, the parts do not always fit together with the same tight tolerances of most other vintage Gillettes-- expect to take some care in keeping the blade straight while tightening the handle.
The #160 is the most common Goodwill variant, and was made with a modified NEW baseplate. It was sold from 1931 into the mid 1930s, though it is believed that most if not all were produced in 1931.
We have two beautifully preserved Gillette Goodwill #160s with their original boxes. Neither have the blades, but one (the one on the left in the photos) includes an instruction sheet advising that "only genuine Gillette and Probak Blades will fit this NEW GILLETTE RAZOR." Both razors appear to have seen very light use, if any at all. The one on the right does have a plating defect on the cap (see photos), but otherwise the extremely thin gold plating is intact. They each have very minor barrel cracks. The boxes do show their age, but are in good structural condition.