You may not know the man, but you know the razors.
King Camp Gillette
(1855-1932) made his fortune at the turn of the last century when he
invented a razor with disposable steel blades and soon discovered that
the real money was in selling the blades and not the razors. Not
content with causing millions of men to walk around in the morning
with bits of toilet paper stuck to their faces, Gillette used his time
and fortune to promote various utopian socialist ideas for a more
efficient world run by engineers.
As part of his efficiency drive, Gillette recommended building a
gigantic city in the vicinity of Niagara Falls made up of forty
thousand buildings like these, which would hold the entire population
of North America. Maybe he
thought it would relieve the pressure on the beaches at Cancun.
When I first saw the plans for these huge structures with their
circular design grouped around a huge glassed-in atrium it reminded me
of some other building: the Panopticon.