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Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - May 25, 1938

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jun 01, 2020
     Category: Hygiene | 1930s | Teeth

Costs no more than ordinary brushes? Fifty cents in 1938 is equivalent to over $9 today. Plus they seem to recommend changing the sponge with every brushing. It's hard to imagine that people had that kind of money during the Depression.
Posted by ges on 06/01/20 at 09:44 AM
Is that Sponge-o or Spong-go?
Posted by Dr. Fian on 06/02/20 at 09:53 AM
Before nylon bristles, toothbrushes were made from animal hair, which was subject to mildew and not terribly sanitary. So if you could afford this toothbrush, it would seem to be an attractive option.
Posted by Brian on 06/02/20 at 10:50 AM
What happened to the good old fluffy-end tree branch?
Posted by Yudith on 06/03/20 at 06:03 AM
You can still get pig bristle toothbrushes at Amazon.
Posted by ges on 06/03/20 at 09:51 AM
Sponge toothbrushes are also available, usually billed as disposable. I found this non-dispoaable, touting a newfangled kind of sponge: https://www.happi.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2008-04-03/new-sponge-toothbrush-whitens-the-teeth/
Posted by ges on 06/03/20 at 09:57 AM
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