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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) US414547 — Brace for stropping Razors (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) US767695 — Kampfe Blade Holder (1904) US767696 — Stropping Machine (1904) USTM43256 — Star Trademark (1904) USTM43257 — Star Trademark (1904) USTM43258 — Three Star Trademark (1904) US788836 — Straight-Style Razor (1905) US793793 — Corn Razor (1905) US847782 — Kampfe Hair Trimmer (and Razor) (1907) US888174 — Corn Razor (1908) US924237 — Mouse Trap (1909) US928664 — Razor Blade Stropping Device (1909) US943355 — Stropping Device for DE blades (1909) US977314 — Safety Razor (1910) US978303 — Kampfe Razor Blade (1910) US985419 — Razor Blade (1911) US1008719 — Kampfe Star Convex (1911) US1033761 — Mouse Trap (1912) US1040347 — Kampfe Star Convex (1912) US1391478 — The Last Kampfe Razor Patent (1921) Otto Kampfe 1855—1932 1872 Emigration to the US Name: Otto Kampfe Arrival Date: 28 May 1872 Age: 17 Gender: Male Ethnicity/ Nationality: German Place of Origin: Germany Class: Steerage & Deckhouse Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany Destination: United States of America Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Hannover Also on board: his brother Richard. 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 1881 Naturalisation https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVTW-94YZ Date: 6 April 1881 Address: 82 - 10 Street Brooklyn Occupation: Machinist Former Nationality: German 1892 New York State Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQQC-WW7 Otto Kampfe, Age 36, Born in Germany, Engineer Eva Kampfe, Age 31, Born in US 1903 Purchase of three five-story flats https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1903/01/13/105050734.pdf The Grosvenor Realty Company has sold to Otto Kampfe the two five-story flats 440 and 442 West One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Street on plot 50 by 100.11. Mr Kampfe has also bought from Carrie A. Worth the five-story flat 511 West One Hundred and Forty-fifth Street, 33.4 by 99.11. 1906 Sale of two of the flats bought in 1903 https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1906/02/11/101766377.pdf Issac Hattenbach and F. W. Dennis negotiated the sale of 440 and 442 West 124th Street for Otto Kampfe to Simon Adler. 1910 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP19-DBR Otto Kampfe, Head, Age 54, Married 30 years, Born in Germany, Mfg. Cutlery, Own Account Anna Eva Kampfe, Age 53, Married 30 years, Born in Germany Christiana Tressrell, Age 41, Single, Born in New York of German parents, Domestic servant Josephine Zahn, Age 45, Single, Born in New York of German parents, Domestic servant 1920 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJG6-TMM Address: Hicksville Road, Hempstead Township, Nassau, New York There is also this road nearby. Otto Kampfe, Head, Age 64, Widower, Immigrated 1872, Naturalized 1881, Born Saxony, germany. No occupation Marie Wolf, Age 42, Single, Immigrated 1896, Alien, Born Hesse, Germany. No occupation Otto now lives with his future wife Marie and claims to be a widower. However, Anna Eva Kampfe is not dead yet. 1920 Death of his wife Anna Eva https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1920/10/29/102906109.pdf https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLS-ZTMZ 1930 United States Census https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X78R-VRG Address: 266, Herkeamer St., Hempstead, Nassau, New York Otto Kampfe, Head, Age 74, Immigrated 1872, Retired Marie Kampfe, Wife, Age 53, Immigrated 1896 1932 Death https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLS-ZTMN https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84181978 1932 New York Times Obituary https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1932/03/27/100703680.pdf KAMPFE—Otto, age 76, of North Bellmore, L. I., March 24, at his home. Mr. Kampfe and his brothers were the original inventors of the safety razor, and manufactured the Star Safety Razor at 10 Reed St., New York City, over forty years ago. Mr Kampfe had been a resident of Bellmore for the past twenty years, and his passing leaves his many relatives and friends griefstricken. Service will be held at his home on Little Neck Road near Jerusalem Av., North Bellmore, on Monday at 1 P. M. Interment in the family vault, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.