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Here is a list of his patents:

  • GB190914526 The '1924' razor design as patented in 1909/1910 (1910)
  • US1135775 The US patent for the '1924' razor design (1915)
  • USTM130008 Ever-Ready Trademark Face (1920)
  • US1488907 The '1924' Patent (1924)
  • US1540731 Improvements for the '1924' Razor (1925)
  • DE450267 German patent for the '1924' razor (1927)

Julius Bueno de Mesquita

19 Aug 1880 – 28 Aug 1954

1891 UK Census https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk/search_records/5903c726e9379091b1d15d91?search_id=5aab7d86f4040b7a3825fda6

Date: 6 Apr 1891
Administrative County: London
Civil Parish: St Mary Whitechapel
Parliamentary Bourough or Division: Whitechapel
Ecclesiastical Parish or District: St. Marks
House Number: 7
Street Name: Newnham St

  • Abraham Bueno de Mesquita, Head, Age 39, Jewish Killer Poultry (Em,ee), Born Whitechapel
  • Frances Bueno de Mesquita, Wife, Age 38, Born Shadwell
  • David Bueno de Mesquita, Son, Age 13, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Caroline Bueno de Mesquita, Daughter, Age 11, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Son, Age 10, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Isaac Bueno de Mesquita, Son, Age 8, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Joshua Bueno de Mesquita, Son, Age 6, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Jessie Bueno de Mesquita, Daughter, Age 5, Scholar, Born Whitechapel
  • Soloman Bueno de Mesquia, Son, Age 4, Scholar, Born Whitechapel

This was Whitechapel during the times of Jack the Ripper. Albert Bachert, the head of the “Whitechapel Vigilance Committee” lived almost next door at 13 Newnham Street - some people believe he actually was Jack the Ripper. Newnham Street was badly damaged during the Blitz and demolished after the war. It doesn't exist anymore. The area is now occupied by a primary school.

See also this side-by-side map.

1896 Immigration to the US
  • Julius Mesquita, Labr?, Age 16
  • Mr. Julius Mesquita, Age 16, Clerk, Destination: Galveston, Texas, Transient

Ship: SS St Paul
Departure port: Southampton
Deparrture date: 20 Jun 1896
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 27 Jun 1896
Class: 2nd Cabin

According to this source the SS St. Paul arrived in New York on 26 June 1896.

The following information comes from his 1920 naturalization documents and his passport application.
Departure date: 12 Jun 1896
Arrival date: 19 Jun 1896

1904 Marriage https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24MG-963

Event Date: 20 Jun 1904
Event Place: Manhattan, New York
Spouse's Name: Bertha Roskam Cohen
Spouse's Age: 28
Spouse's Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Birthplace: Haverstraw, N.Y.
Father's Name: Abraham
Mother's Name: Fanny Cohen
Spouse's Father's Name: Samuel
Spouse's Mother's Name: Minna Greewald

1905 New York State Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPFV-574

Date: 1 Jun 1905
Address: 133-141 West 140th Street, Manhattan, New York
https://streeteasy.com/building/133-west-140-street-manhattan
The building is located in the Central Harlem neighborhood in Manhattan. It was built in 1903 and has 7 stories and 54 units.

  • Julius Mesquita, Head, Age 26, Born in England, alien, 8 years in US, Mgr. Adr.
  • Bertha Mesquita, Wife, Age 28, Born in US, citizen, Housework
  • Alfred C. Mesquita, Son, Age 5, Born in US, citizen
  • George Mesquita, Brother, Age 18, Born in England, alien, 2 years in US, Stock Clerk

Alfred is Bertha's son from a previous marriage?

1908 Journey to England

Ship: RMS Oceanic
Departure port: New York
Landed at: Plymouth
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 18 Mar 1908
Tickets through to: London
Class: First

  • Julius de Mesquita
  • Mrs. Julius Mesquita
  • Alfred de Mesquita

Leaving the boat at Plymouth seems to have a very exclusive thing to do. Out of 464 3rd class passengers, not one left at Plymouth, out of 10 2nd class passengers only a single one did, but out of the 20 1st class passengers 14 left the boat at Plymouth.

1909 Journey to England https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX1C-GZQ

Ship: SS Cincinnati
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 6 Aug 1909
Arrival: Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States
Arrival date: 15 Aug 1909
Final destination: New York
Address in England: My house, London, 38 Holborn Viaduct

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 29, Secretary, Nationality: England
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 33, Nationality: England
  • Alfred Bueno de Mesquita, Age 9, Nationality: England

The ‘38 Holborn Viaduct’ address is the one given in his 1909 patent.

1909 Second journey to Englad

He returns just in time for the birth of his son.

New York to Plymouth

Ship: RMS Oceanic
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 8 Sep 1909
Class: First

  • Julius Mesquita, First class, Landed at Plymouth

Again, the first class passengers get off at Plymouth

Liverpool to New York https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF9S-C53

Ship: RMS Caronia
Departure port: Liverpool
Departure date: 13 Nov 1909
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 20 Nov 1909 Final destination: New York
Address in London: Father A. de Mesquita, Maida Vale, London

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 29, Director, Nationality: England
1909 Birth of son Edwin https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WZW-LC5

Name: Edwin Abraham Bueno De Mesquita
Date: 9 Dec 1909
Place: Manhattan, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Race: White
Father's Name: Julius B. De Mesquita
Father's Birthplace: England
Father's Age: 30
Mother's Name: Bertha B. Roskam De Mesquita
Mother's Birthplace: New York State
Mother's Age: 33

1910 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5SZ-GJ8

Date: 20 Apr 1910
Address: 208 West 141st Street, Manhattan, New York

  • Julius B. Mesquita, Head, Age 29, Born in England, Married 5 years, In US since 1895, alien, Manufacturer (Safety Razors)
  • Bertha Mesquita, Wife, Age 33, Born in New York, Married 5 years
  • Edwin A. Mesquita, Son, Age 4 months, Born in New York
  • Alfred Cohen, Step Son, Age 10, Born in New York
  • Lena Halanon, Servant, Age 27, Finland Swedish
1910 Journey to England https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJJD-TY6

Ship: RMS Oceanic
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 29 June 1910
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 6 July 1910

  • Julius B. de Mesquita, Age 30, Secretary, 208 W 14th St. New York
1918 Draft Registration https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6JS-NLW

Address: Apt 413? 600 West 113 Street, New York City
Age: 38
Born: 19 Aug 1880
Occupation: Gen. Mgr.
Employer: Amer. Safety Razor Co Inc
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Black

1919 Treasurer of American Safetee Soap Corporation

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1919/12/27/118250624.pdf

A subsidiary corporation, to manufacture and distribute soap and other shaving accessories, has been formed by the American Safety Razor Corporation. It will be known as the American Safetee Soap Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Virginia. the capitalization is $1,000,000 of common stock of $100 par value. The officers of the new corporation are Joseph Kaufman, President;George L. Storm, Vice President; J. B. Mesquita, Treasurer, and Milton Damnann, Secretary. The officers, together with Benjamin Block, of Block, Maloney & Co., constitute the Board of Directors.

1920 Naturalization

The intention to become a US citizen was filed in 1917.
In March 1920 Julius files a petition to become US citizen.
On 15 Jun 1920 the petition is granted and he becomes a US citizen.

1920 Passport Application https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5B-W3G1
1920 Journey to England
New York to Liverpool

Ship: ??? (Cunard)
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Liverpool
Arrival date: 26 July 1920

  • Juliys Bueno de Mesquita, Manuftr., Age 39
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 44
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Age 10
Southampton to New York https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZW-KWG

Ship: RMS Mauretania
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 18 Sep 1920
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 25 Sep 1920
Address in US: 600 West, 113th St. New York City

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 40 years 4 months, Natuarlized 15 June 1920 - District Court, N.Y.
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 44 years 3 months, Born 1876 - New York City
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Age 10 years 9 months, Born 1909 - New York City
1922 Journey to England

Ship: Olympic
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 3 May 1922
Destination port: New York
Last address in UK: 66 Oxford St London

  • Jules de Mesquita, Co. Director, Age 41
1923 His step-son dies in a plane crash

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1923/08/21/104966564.pdf

Alfred de Mesquita of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Durham, N. C., publisher of the Durham Sun and the Fayetteville (N. C.) Observer, and Sergeant Edmund Reece of New York City were killed here late today in an airplane accident.

The plane went into a nose dive after taking off, bursting into flames after it struck the ground. Both men are believed to have been instantly killed.

Alfred de Mesquita was 24 years old and when in New York he lived with his parents at 600 West 113th Street. His father, J. B. De Mesquita, is Treasurer of the American Safety Razor Corporation of 303 Jay Street, Brooklyn. His parents, virtually prostrate with grief, were not reached last night, but a friend said the young man had been connected with The Durham Sun and The Fayetteville Observer for some months, being interested in their ownership and acting as a business manager. He had one brother, Edwin, 13 years old.

1924 Journey to England https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN89-NPP

Ship: RMS Aquitania
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 5 April 1924
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 11 April 1924

Departure:

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, 3 Woodstock St., Oxford Street W., 1st class, Occupation: Commercial, Age 43

Arrival:

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 43 years 7 months, Naturalized: Court of New York, June 15/20 Southern District, Address: Johnson and Jay Sts. Brooklyn N.Y
1925 New York State Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KS3T-NJY

County: NY
New York City
Block No. 2
Election District No. 47
Assembly District No. 7
Address: 86th West 168

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Head, Age 44, Born London, Mfr. Safety Razors, Emp.
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Wife, Age 48, Born U.S., Housework
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Son, Age 15, Born U.S., School
1925 Journey to England
New York to Southamption

Ship: RMS Majestic
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 9 Jul 1925
Proposed address in UK: Savoy Hotel, London

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Manufactr., Age 45
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Wife, Age 48
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Student, Age 15
Southamption to New York https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KX9W-VMH

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Class: 1st
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 5 Sep 1925
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 11 Sep 1925
Address in US: 168. West 86th St. New York

Departure:
Address in UK: Hotel Russell, London

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 44, Real Estate
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 49, Wife
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Age 15, Student

Arrival:

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 44, PP364795 SO.Dist.Court.N.Y. 6/15/20
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 49, New York 6/12/76
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Age 15, New York 12/9/09
1926 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Majestic
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 22 Jul 1926
Class: 1st
Proposed address in UK: Savoy Hotel, London

  • Bertha de Mesquita, Wife, Age 50
  • Edwin de Mesquita, Student, Age 16
  • Julius de Mesquita, Manufactr., Age 46
Southampton to New York https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXMN-DBH

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 11 Sep 1926
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 17 Sep 1926
Address in UK: Savoy Hotel, London
Address in US: 168 West 86th St. New York C. N.Y:

Departing:

  • Jules de Mesquita, Executive, Age 45
  • Bertha de Mesquita, Wife, Age 50

Arriving

  • Jules B de Mesquita, Age 45, Southern District Court of New York 15.6.1920
  • Bertha B de Mesquita, Age 50, June 12th 1876 New York C. N.Y.
  • Edwin B de Mesquita, Age 16, Dec. 9th 1909 New York. N.Y.
1927 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 3 May 1927

  • Julius de Mesquita, 3 Woodstock St., Oxford St. Ldn. W, Manfr., Age 47
Southampton to New York

Ship: Aquitania
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 11 June 1927
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 17 June 1927

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 47, Passport 255129, 168 W 86 St. New York City NY
1928 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 5 Sep 1928
Proposed address: Carlton Hotel, London

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Manfr., Age 48
  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, H. Wife, Age 52
Southampton to New York

Ship: RMS Mauretania
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 6 Oct 1928
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 12 Oct 1928
Address in US: 168 W. 86 St. New York City NY

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 48, P.P.No. 628525 Issued Washington 23.Aug.28
  • Bertha de Mesquia, Age 52, Born New York 12 June 1876
1929 Housemaid injured in burglary

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1929/01/25/95716335.pdf

Maid Knocked Out Twice Battling Burglars; Her Cries Rout Thugs in Uptown Home

Miss Anna Ettel, 26 years old, housemaid for Julius Mesquita, the head of the Gem Razor Company, at his apartment at 168 West Eightysixth Street, was injured yesterday afternoon by two burglars who finally escaped with a small quantity of silverware. In the course of the battle with the robbers she was twice knocked unconscious.

She was alone in the apartment when a man, who said he was a “Mr. Smith,” appeared and wished to take measurements for new curtains. She declined to admit him into the house and he departed. Five minutes later two other men arrived and asked for “Mr. Smith,” saying they had been sent to help with the measurements. They persuaded the girl to call Mrs. Mesquita on the telephone and see whether they were not expected.

As the girl turned toward the telephone one of the men struck her over the head with a blackjack : the other struck her in the face with his fist. She fell unconscious while the robbers pushed on into the bedroom. Regaining consciousness a moment later, she followed them and attempted to fight. They struck her once more, bound and gagged her and threw her into the bathroom.

Again she regained consciousness and was able to remove her bonds. She opened the window and called for help. Maurice O'Shea of 70 West 107th Street was working on an incompleted building across the street and heard her. He hurried to the street, found Patrolman Christian of the West Sixty-eight Street station and both of them rushed up to the Mesquita apartment on the ninth floor. When they reached the scene the door was open and the fugitives gone. With them went a small quantity of jewelery—just how much the police did not reveal.

Miss Ettel was treated for her injuries by Dr. Flaherty of Knickerbocker Hospital.

1930 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4KR-ST3

Address: 168 West 86th St - Rented for $350/month

  • Julius B de Mesquita, Head, Age 49, Manf'r, Safety Razors
  • Bertha B de Mesquita, Wife, Age 53
  • Edwin B de Mesquita, Son, Age 20, Student
1931 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: Bremen
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 28 Sep 1931
Address in UK: 110 Cricklewood Lane, NW2, London

  • Jul Bueno de Mesquita, Manfr, Age 51
  • Be. Bueno de Mesquita, Housewife, Age 54
Plymouth to New York

Ship: SS Île de France
Departure port: Plymouth
Departure date: 5 Nov 1931
Destination port: New York
Address in UK: Dorchester House, London

  • Julius de Mesquita, Manufacturer, Age 51
  • Bertha de Mesquita, nil, Age 55
1933 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Majestic
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 7 July 1933
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House London

  • Julius de Mesquita, Executive, Age 53
  • Bertha de Mesquita, Housewife, Age 57
  • Edwin de Mesquita, Clerk, Age 23
Southampton to New York

Ship: Berengaria
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 2 Sep 1933
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 8 Sep 1933
Address in US: 168-W-86th St. New York. N.Y.

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 53, Passport 38172
  • Bertha de Mesquita, Age 57, Born 12 Jun 1876

Edwin either took a different ship or is listed on a different page

1934 Secretary-treasurer at A.S.R.

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1935/04/05/93685699.pdf


https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1935/04/08/94594804.pdf

His salary is in 1934 was $52,365 plus 4,025 shares. In 1929 he earned $45,000 and in 1933 he received $40,500

His 1934 salary doesn't seem much by today's standards, but it is equivalent to about a million dollars today. Plus shares.

1935 Journey to England https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24VN-NDX

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 7 Aug 1935
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 13 Aug 1935
Address in US: 168 W. 86th Street New York City

  • Bertha Bueno de Mesquita, Age 59, Born New York City Jun. 12. 1876
  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 55, Naturalized Southern Dist. of New York Jun. 15. 1920
1935,1936 Vice president - A.S.R.

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1937/01/07/96728494.pdf


https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1938/01/09/356957722.pdf

His salary for 1935 is listed as $52,740 on this list of the highest earners in the US.
In 1936 his salary had risen to $54,446.

1936 Journey to England for his son's wedding

Ship: RMS Berengaria
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 4 June 1936
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House London

  • Julius B. de Mesquita, Manufacturer, Age 56
  • Bertha B. de Mesquita, Housewife, Age 59
1936 Marriage of his son

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1936/06/27/88676498.pdf

Word has been received here of the marriage on Thursday in London of Miss Gwendoline Rita Minton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Minton of Beechfield, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England, to Edwin Bueno de Mesquita of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. David Bueno de Mesquita, uncle of the bridegroom, in the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Lauderdale Road, London.
The bride attended school in England and also studied in France and Switzerland. Mr. de Mesquita was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1932.

And from The Times:

1937 Wife's Death https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W2M-SLS

Date: 28 June 1937
Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Address: 15 W. 81st St.
Age: 61
Birth Date: 12 Jun 1876
Birthplace: New York
Burial date: 30 Jun 1937
Cemetary: Sheareth Israel
Father: Samuel Roskam
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother: Minna Gruenwald
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

1937 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Queen Mary
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 30 Aug 1937
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House London

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Cabin M81, Age 57, Manfr.
  • Edwin Bueno de Mesquita, Cabin M77, Age 27, Manfr.
Southampton to New York

Ship: RMS Queen Mary
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 29 Sep 1937
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 4 Oct 1937
Class: Cabin
Last address in UK: Ever Ready Razor Prod, The Hyde, NW9

Departing:

  • Edwin de Mesquita, Age 28, Advertising
  • Gwendoline de Mesquita, Age 25, Wife
  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 57, Treasurer

Arriving:

  • Edwin B. de Mesquita, Age 28, Advertising
  • Gwendoline B. de Mesquita, Age 26, H'wife
  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 57

There is a handwritten, hard to read medical note for Gwendoline. Abdominal tumor with signs of Preg???

1938 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Queen Mary
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 27 Sep 1938
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House London

  • Julius B de Mesquita, Cabin M80, Age 58, Manufacurer
Southampton to New York

Ship: SS Île de France
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 19 Oct 1938
Destination port: New York
Last address in UK: Grosvenor Hse Lnd

  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Cabin class, Age 58, Manufacturer
1938 Value of his wife's estate

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1938/10/19/96846613.pdf

DE MESQUITA, BERTHA B.. (June 28, 1937). Gross assets, $147,792; net $135,841. To Jules De Mesquita, husband. Chief assets, stocks and bonds, $77,481. Milton Dammann, attorney, 22 E. 40thSt.

Milton Dammann, the “attorney” was the president of A.S.R.

1940 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQSG-J6L

Julius B De Mesquita, Guest, Age 59, Corporation Executive, Razor Blades

Less than three years after his wife's death, he lives at the Ambassador Hotel (Park Avenue at East 51st Street, NE Corner to East 52nd Street). He remains there until his own death in 1954.

1942 Draft Registration https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRBD-261

Place of Residence: Ambassador Hotel, N.Y.
Age: 62
Contact: Edwin B. de Mesquita, 315 Jay St. Brooklyn
Employer: American Safety Razor, Brooklyn
Place of Employment: 315 Jay St. Brooklyn N.Y.

1947 Marriage

New York, Marriage License Indexes, 1907-1995

Date: October 4, 1947
Volume: 47
Number: 32629
Spouse: Sophie Rosenberg (information came with the document - it's not in it)

1947 Honeymoon to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Queen Mary - First class
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 16 Oct 1947
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House, London

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 67, Executive
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 49, Housewife
Southampton to New York https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2456-MGT

Ship: RMS Queen Mary - First class
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 5 or 6 Nov 1947
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 11 Nov 1947
Last address in UK: Ever-Ready Razor Ltd., The Hyde, London NW9
Address in US: 51st, 52nd 7 Park Ave. New York City

Departing:

  • Jules de Mesquita, Age 67, Executive
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 47, H-wife

Arriving:

  • Julius B. De Mesquita, Age 67, Naturalized Southern District Court New York 15 June 1920
  • Sophie B. De Mesquita, Age 49, Born New York City, 30 Mar. 1898

Travelling first class on the Queen Mary. He and his new wife Sophie (née Rosenberg) live at the Ambassador Hotel. This must have been their honeymoon.

1949 He becomes President of A.S.R.

New York Times:

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1949/05/26/85642100.pdf

Jules B. de Mesquita, executive vice president of the American Safety Razor Corporation, has been elected president to succeed Milton Dammann, who becomes chairman of the board, it was announced yesterday.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

https://www.newspapers.com/image/59526582/?terms=Jules%20de%20Mesquita
1949 His son becomes vice president at A.S.R. and his assistant

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1949/06/10/84215706.pdf

Victor P. Strite and Edwin B. de Mesquita have been appointed vice president and director of sales and vice president and assistant to the president, respectively, of the American Safety Razor Corporation, Brooklyn, it was announced yesterday.

[…]Mr. de Mesquita formerly was assistant to the executive vice president. He joined the company in 1932 in the export department, and until 1938 was in charge of advertising and purchasing in the London branch. Returning to America he became associate advertising director of the corporation, a position held until entering the Navy in 1944.

1949 Journey to England
New York to Southampton https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24RN-W62

Ship: RMS Queen Mary
Departure port: New York
Departure date: 27 Aug 1949
Destination port: Southampton
Address in US: Ambassador Hotel, Park Ave., New York

  • Sophie Bueno de Mesquita, Age 51, Passport No. 114213, Time abroad: 8 weeks
  • Julius Bueno de Mesquita, Age 69, Passport No. 114371, Time abroad: 8 weeks
Southampton to New York

Ship: RMS Queen Mary - First class
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 7 Oct 1949
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 12 Oct 1949
Address: Hotel Ambassador, Park. New York
Address in UK: Grosvenor House, London, W1
Pieces of baggage: 14

Departure:

  • Julius De Mesquita, Age 69, President
  • Sophie De Mesquita, Age 51, Housewife

Arrival:

  • Julius B DeMesquita, Age 69, Passport 114371, Born England
  • Sophie B DeMesquite, Age 51, Passport 114213, Born New York
Immediate return to England

Ship: RMS Queen Mary - First class
Departure port: New York
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 16 Oct 1949
Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House, London

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 67, Executive
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 49, Housewife

As soon as they arrive in New York they stay on the Queen Mary and immediately travel back to England. Why?

1951 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Queen Mary
Departure port: New York
Departure date: 6 Oct 1951
Arrival port: Southampton
Arrival date: 11 Oct 1951
Address in US: Ambassador Hotel, Park Ave. N.Y. Proposed address in UK: Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London

Departing:

  • Bueno de Mesquita Missing first name, Age 53, Passport No. 508832, Time abroad: 5 weeks
  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 71, Passport No. 508831, Time abroad: 5 weeks

Arriving:

  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 53, H'wife
  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 71, Executive
Southampton to New York

Ship: RMS Queen Elizabeth - First class
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 7 Nov 1951
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 12 Nov 1951
Last address in UK: Park Lane, Grosvenor Hse, Ldn
Address in US: Ambassador Hotel, N.Y., N.Y.
Pieces of baggage: 12

Departing:

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 71, Carpt.
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 53, H'wife

Arriving:

  • Julius Mesquita, Age 71, Passport 508831, Born England
  • Sophie Mesquita, Age 53, Passport 508832, Born New York
1953 Chairman of the executive committee, A.S.R.

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1953/05/27/84605771.pdf

The American Safety Razor Corporation announced yesterday that Sidney Weil, executive vice president, had been elected president, to succeed J. B. de Mesquita, who was named chairman of the executive committee. Wesley A. Songer was elected executive vice president.

1953 Journey to England
New York to Southampton

Ship: RMS Queen Elizabeth
Departure port: New York
Departure date: 15 July 1953
Destination port: Southampton
Staying abroad: 4 Mos. England

  • Julius de Mesquita, Passport 508831
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Passport 508832
Southampton to New York

Ship: RMS Queen Elizabeth - First class
Departure port: Southampton
Departure date: 10 Dec 1953
Arrival port: New York
Arrival date: 15 Dec 1953
Last address in UK: Ever Ready Products Ltd, The Hyde, London
Pieces of baggage: 24

Departing:

  • Julius de Mesquita, Age 73, Bsns. Exec.
  • Sophie de Mesquita, Age 55, H'wife

Arriving:

  • Julius De Mesquita, Passport 508831, Born England
  • Sophie De Mesquita, Passport 508832, Born New York
1954 New York Times article

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1954/04/11/83328415.pdf

A very interesting article about the American Safety Razor Company and J. B. de Mesquita.

News of the Advertising and Marketing Fields

By WILLIAM M. FREEMAN

FLAW SEEKERS: Two pairs of sharp eyes inspect razor blades, freshly made, at Brooklyn plant of American Safety Razor Corporation. The eyes, left, belong to J. B. de Mesquita, executive committee chairman, more than half a century on the job, and, right, to Juilo Rivera, thirty years an inspector.


The mysterious little round tin box started the whole thing. It was a going-away present to Oliver Wendell Holmes the elder, when that distinguished man of letters set out for Europe in the Eighteen Eighties.

Mr. Holmes wrote a book, “Our 100 Days in Europe,” when he returned. It contained these sentences:

“The first morning at sea revealed the mystery of the little round tin box. The little box contained a reaping machine, which gathered the capillary harvest of the last twenty-four hours with a thoroughness, a rapidity, a security and a facility which were a surprise, almost a revelation. I have never used any other means of shaving from that day to this. I determined to let other persons know what convenience I had found in the ‘Star Razor.’”

The “reaping machine,” of course, was a safety razor. It was the forerunner of the current Gem Featherweight Razor and others made by the American Safety Razor Corporation, successor to the manufacturer of the device that delighted Mr. Holmes,

Founder in '98 Still Active

The man who was a prime mover in the founding of the Gem Cutlery Company in 1898 is still active in business as chairman of the executive committee of American Safety Razor, of which he is former president. He is J. B. de Mesquita, widely regarded as the industry's dean.

Mr. de Mesquita visits the offices at 380 Madison Avenue and the plant in Brooklyn regularly, checking up on operations and applying a keen eye to all aspects of manufacturing, promotion and distribution.

While Gem had advertised as early as December, 1899 — in Harper's Magazine on the theme, “Be Your Own Barber” — the Holmes encomium gave the company substance for an advertising campaign.

Its lathered gentleman, admiring his razor, with the caption, “Well, that's fine,” became well known. Its signs became familiar to baseball fans. (In recent years a rival company's television cameras have consistently picked up Gem advertising at ball parks.)

Steady Advertiser From Start

The company is a believer in steady, hard-driving advertising and has been from the start, according to Edwin B. de Mesquita, vice president in charge of advertising and merchandising, and Albert J. Goetz, advertising director. Mr. de Mesquita, a son of “J. B.,” is an authority on the industry's history, as is Sidney Weil, the president. Tonight the company will begin sponsoring Walter Winchell on radio and television.

The younger Mr. de Mesquita commented that it was World War I, following Mr. Holmes' learned opinion, that gave the company its big push. As in World War II, razors were handed out to soldiers. These men had been accustomed to paying a dime for a shave as civilians.

In the trenches they used razors, found them convenient and kept on using them when they returned. The company's business expanded rapidly. (Cigarettes and wrist watches, similarly, had been regarded as somewhat effeminate until use in the trenches made them commonplace and necessary items.)

The first practical safety razor, the Star, was patented in 1876 by the Kampfe Brothers. It was nothing more than a straight razor cut in sections and put in a protective guard. Gradual refinements and improvements have made it the sleek, efficient razor of today.

Over the years the actual principle of the razor has changed little. From the original Gem, using a single-edge blade, the company has gone into the double»edge type and the injector razor. The single-edge is still the favorite—and 60 per cent of the men in this country, the company says, prefer a brush and lather.

Dropped Electric Shaver

In 1938 the company tried an electric shaver, but dropped it in 1941 for lack of essential materials. It never went back to it because of the rise in popularity of other products. There was a tremendous market waiting at the end of World War II because no metal razors had been made during the war.

The company, however, has gone into other new products. It has made surgical blades for some twenty years and is now experimenting with single blades packed in sterile wrappings, which would be a boon to the military surgeon.

It is a leader in making blades used in cutting the pile in the manufacture of rugs and carpets.

It developed a camera called the Foto-Disc, which uses a film magazine bought as a unit and returned for developing. The advantage here is that the customer can make no error in loading or unloading.

The camera, first tried in July, 1950, had to be dropped because of the Korean war restrictions, and the company is just now getting back in stride. The camera has been tested in Peoria and Harrisburg at a price of $9.95, with excellent results.

5-Way Merger in 1919

The present corporation, which is publicly held, arose in 1919 from a merger of the Gem Cutlery Company, maker of Gem Razors and Blades; the American Safety Razor Company, Ltd., maker of Ever-Ready Razors and Blades and Ever-Ready Shaving Brushes, and Kampfe Brothers, maker of the Star line. Last summer it absorbed the Pal and Personna companies.

The elder Mr. de Mesquita, a wiry bundle of energy who detains some of the broad “a” of his native England, has joined with his associates in seeking diversification. The company makes the Antoine line of beauty products, sold on an exclusive basis in department stores throughout the country. It produces the Lightfoot line of specialty soaps for children, high-quality private-brand standard soaps and the Ascot lighters, and has operated a shell-loading plant for the Government.

“J. B.” is responsible for the company's famous slogan, “Avoid that 5 o'clock shadow.” One evening at the theatre he was struck by the fact that a neighbor seemed to be unshaven, and politely asked what the truth was.

The man replied that he had shaved that morning—with an electric razor. The advertising with the slogan was a result. (Electric razors since have been much improved.)

Mr. de Mesquita has an advertising background. He was secretary and treasurer of the Kaufman Advertising Agency in 1898 when Gem was formed by Kaufman workers. This agency became the Federal Advertising Agency, since dissolved. The various parts of the A. S. R. account are handled by McCann-Erickson and Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn.

The reaping machine of a generation or two ago has cut a wide swath. In 1940 the industry as a whole sold 2,000,000,000 blades. Ten years later it sold 3,000,000,000: the population had gone up and men were far and away neater.

1954 Death

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https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1954/08/31/84131845.pdf

1954 Brooklyn Daily Eagle Obituary

Jules Bueno de Mesquita, 74, American Razor Corp. Chief

Jules Bueno de Mesquita, 74, chairman of the executive committee of the American Safety Razor Corporation. 380 Madison Ave., died late Saturday night in University Hospital of a kidney ailment. His home was in the Hotel Ambassador, Park Ave. and 51st St, Manhattan.

Mr. de Mesquita, who was born in London, came to this country in 1896 to join his uncle, Robert I. Cohen, a merchant of Galveston and Houston. Texas.

He came to New York in 1898 and entered the advertising business. With the Kaufman brothers he formed the Kaufman Advertising Agency, which later became the Federal Advertising Agency.

Started Firm in England

In 1902, with Joseph Kaufman, he acquired the American Safety Razor Company, which manufactured the Ever Ready safety razor and, during the early 1900s, they purchased the Star and Gem safety razor companies. In 1908 he returned to England for a year to form the Ever Ready Razor Products, Ltd., and set up a factory for foreign production.

In 1919 the companies were merged into the American Safety Razor Corporation, a publicly-held company, and Mr. de Mesquita was elected vice president and treasurer. Later he became executive vice president. In 1949 he was elected president and in 1953 chairman of the executive committee.

The American Razor Corp. plant at 315 Jay St., Brooklyn, was sold recently to Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute for a reported $2,000,000. The company plans to switch operations to Staunton, Vt., in May. Approximately 1,400 workers with an annual payroll of $5,000,000 are affected by the shift.

Religious Group Leader

Mr. de Mesquita was one of the leaders of Sephardic Jewry and was a trustee of the Spanish-Portugese Synagogue. He was finance chairman of the tercentenary committee of the congregation, which, in conjunction with all other Jewish congregations throughout the U. S., has established this year as the 300th commemoration of the first arrival of the Jews in America.

He was a member of the Palestine Lodge of Masonry and a 32d Degree Mason, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.

Surviving are his wife, Sophie; a son, Edward; two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Weyl and Mrs. Jessie Drukker, and four brothers, George, the Rev. David, Joshua and Fred.

A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.