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Here is a list of his patents:

  • US228904 First Kampfe Safety Razor Patent (1880)
  • US344114 Kampfe Lather Catcher (1886)
  • US354196 Kampfe Folding Razor (1886)
  • US358978 Kampfe Safety Razor (1887)
  • US385462 Kampfe Safety Razor (1888)
  • US387359 Kampfe Lather Catcher (1888)
  • US405961 First Kampfe Stropper Patent (1889)
  • USD23699 Kampfe design for razor handle (1894)
  • USD24093 Razor Blade Holder (1895)
  • US540319 Razor Blade Carrier (1895)
  • GB189521368 Kampfe Safety Razor (1895)
  • US554823 Kampfe Lather Catcher (1896)
  • USD27032 Kampfe Safety Razor Casing (1897)
  • US637511 Kampfe Safety Razor (1899)
  • US637512 Kampfe Safety Razor (1899)
  • US638126 Box for Safety Razors (1899)
  • US658649 Stropping Machine (1900)
  • US658650 Stropping Machine (1900)
  • US660640 Kampfe Honing Device (1900)
  • US668752 Kampfe Safety Razor (1901)
  • US672983 Kampfe Safety Razor (1901)
  • US672984 Kampfe 'New Model' (1901)
  • US686972 Stropping Device (1901)
  • US694650 Kampfe Safety Razor (1902)
  • US712384 Stropping Machine (1902)
  • US712385 Kampfe Stropper (1902)
  • US725449 Razor Stropping Device (1903)
  • US733399 Kampfe Safety-Razor (1903)
  • US733400 Kampfe Safety Razor (1903)
  • USRE12164 Stropping Machine (Reissue) (1903)
  • USTM43256 Star Trademark (1904)
  • USTM43257 Star Trademark (1904)
  • USTM43258 Three Star Trademark (1904)
  • US788834 Straight-Style Razor (1905)
  • US788835 Straight-Style Razor (1905)
  • US790439 Straight-Style Razor (1905)
  • US842956 Kampfe Lather Catcher (1907)

Frederick Kampfe

24 Jan 1851 — 3 Nov 1915

1880 Naturalisation https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVTW-9433

Address: 114 Centre St. N.Y. City

Date: May 3, 1880
Occupation: Machinist
Former Nationality: German

1880 United States Census This might be the three brothers in New York. The ages are spot on.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ85-BMX

Address: 177 South 8th Street, Brooklyn, Kings, New York

William F. Kampfe, Brother, Age 30, Machinist, Born in Saxony
Paul R. Kampfe, Brother, Age 27, Machinist, Born in Saxony
Carl. C. O. Kampfe, Brother, Age 25, Machinist, Born in Saxony

1895 Passport Application https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24F-F9YT

Born at Witschdorf, Germany, 24 January 1851
Emigrated on board S.S. America from Liverpool, England, 8 Nov. 1870
Pervious passport issued 28 March 1889
Residence: Logan Fulton, Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Machinist

1905 New York State Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK3S-1HK

Address: 204 Logan Street, Brooklyn, New York

Frederick Kampfe, Head, Age 53, Born in Germany, 34 years in US, Cutlery
Barbara Kampfe, Wife, Wife, Age 46, Born in U.S., Housework
Flora Kampfe, Daughter, Age 21, Born in U.S.

1908 Passport Application https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Y-2G7T

Born at Witschdorf, Germany, 24 Jan. 1851
Sailed on ship America from Hamburg on 8 Nov. 1871
Naturalized 3 May 1880
Machinist
Passport to be sent to: 670 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

1910 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M544-TPN

Address: 670 Putnam Avenue, brooklyn, New York

Fredk. Kampfe, Head, Age 59, Married 29 years, Owner of Cutlery Business
Barbara Kampfe, Wife, Age 51, Married 29 years
Flora Kampfe, Daughter, Age 25

1913 Passport Application https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVJG-BQJM

Born at Dresden, Germany, 24 January 1851
Emigrated on ship America from Liverpool on 2 Feb 1871
Naturalized 3 May 1880

1915 Barbara buys a Tesla Waverly Electric Car Evening Star, Washington, District of Columbia, January 3, 1915

The Waverly electric car was quite a luxury car of its time. The four-chair type Brougham Model 109 cost $3,150 in 1915, which is the equivalent of about $80,000 in 2019.

1915 Last trip to New Jersey estate Evening Star, Washington, District of Columbia, June 20, 1915
1915 Death The Washington Times, Washington, District of Columbia, November 4, 1915, Page 14
The Washington Herald, Washington, District of Columbia, November 4, 1915 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLS-ZTMD
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7BM-R9N
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84182521

Died 3 November 1915

1915 New York Times Obituary

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1915/11/06/105046216.pdf

FREDERICK A. KAMPFE, who with his two brothers invented the first safety razor in 1880, died recently at his home in Washington, D.C. Mr Kampfe was born in Dresden, Saxony, and formerly for many years lived in Brooklyn. He was a member of the firm of Kempfe Brothers, in business as general machinists in Chambers Street, Manhattan.
1915 Brooklyn Daily Eagle Obituary The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, Novemeber 5, 1915, Page 5

A treasure trove of an obituary. Otto's menagerie, another brother ‘Rudolph’, three sisters in Germany:

FREDERICK A.KAMPFE DIES IN WASHINGTON

Former Brooklynite, With His Brothers, Invented First Safety Razor.

Frederick A. Kampfe, formerly a well-known resident of Brooklyn, died on Wednesday at his home, 2309 Calvert street, N. W., Washington, D. C., where he had resided for the past five years. Mr. Kampfe had suffered several strokes of apoplexy, and his death is believed to have been from paralysis. The funeral services will be held this evening at his late home in Washington and the remains will be brought to Brooklyn for interment in Greenwood Cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Mr. Kampfe lived for many years on Logan street, in the Twenty-sixth Ward, where he had large grounds surrounding his residence. The grounds were a show place, laid out as a beautiful garden.
Mr. Kampfe was one of three brothers, Richard, Otto and Frederick, who composed the firm of Kampfe Bros., for many years in business as general machinists on Chambers street, Manhattan, and widely known as the inventors and patentees of the first safety razor, in 1880. When the three brothers invented a razor that would shave without cutting the flesh they were in humble circumstances. The invention made them rich, and all three owned large parcels of land here, on Long Island and in New Jersey. Richard Kampfe, the oldest of the brothers, died in 1906. Otto is still living on Long Island. Otto had a large place on Liberty avenue for several years, where he kept a sort of menagerie with all sorts of wild animals, that was the show place of that section of East New York.
Frederick A. Kampfe was born in Dresden, Saxony, and came to New York City as a boy with his brothers. He had a fine country residence at Bloomingdale. N. J., not far from his brother’s large summer place at Butler, and he spent his summers there and his winters in Washington. He was a Freemason. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Flora; two brothers, Otto and Rudolph, and several nephews and nieces; also three sisters, who live in Germany.

1915 Brooklyn Daily Times Obituary Brooklyn Daily Times, Brooklyn, New York, Novemeber 5, 1915, Page 10

F. A. KAMPFE DIES IN WASHINGTON

With Brothers Turned Out the First Safety Razor.

NETTED THEM A FORTUNE

Lived Here Until Five Years Ago — Burial in Greenwood.

Frederick A. Kampfe, a former widely known resident of the Cypress Hills section, died Wednesday at his residence, 2309 Calvert street N. W., Washington. He suffered several strokes of apoplexy and the end is believed to have been caused by paralysis. Funeral services will be held this evening at his home. The remains will be brought to Brooklyn for interment in Greenwood Cemetery tomorrow afternoon. Friends of Mr. Kampfe, in this borough, can view tho remains at Greenwood before the interment.
Mr. Kampfe gave up his residence in Brooklyn five years ago when he severed his connection with the old firm of Kampfe Bros., of Reade street, Manhattan. For many years Mr. Kampfe lived on Logan street, in the Twenty-sixth Ward, where he had a large plot of ground surrounding his residence. The grounds were a show place for years as they were laid out as a beautiful garden He was a great lover of out of doors nnd took s daily drive down the road behind a fine big trotter.
He was one of three brothers, Richard, Otto and Frederick, who composed the firm of Kampfe Bros., long in business, as general machinists, in Manhattan and known throughout the entire world as the inventors and patentees of the first safety razor. When the three brothers conceived the idea of making a safety razor they were in humble circumstances. The invention made them rich and all three owned large parcels of land here, on Long Island and in New Jersey. Richard Kampfe, the oldest of the brothers, died here about ten years ago. Otto is still living down on Long Island. Otto had a large place on Liberty avenue, for years, where he kept a sort of menagerie, with all sorts of wild animals, that was the show place of that section of East New York.
Frederick A. Kampfe was born in Dresden, Saxony, and came to New York as a youth with his brothers. He had a fine country residence at Bloomingdale. N. J., not far from his brother's large summer place at Butler and spent his summers there and his winters in Washington. He was a Free Mason but was otherwise unconnected with any organization. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Flora; two brothers, Otto and Rudolph, and a large number of nephews and nieces. He also leaves three sisters, who reside in Germany.