This WWII Toothbrush replica is a natural bristle toothbrush with bone acrylic handle. Vintage 1940’s toothbrushes had a longer head on the toothbrush, as does this replica.
Perfect for your display or for personal use. Use with one of our toothpowder’s or toothpastes (in metal tubes) to complete the look and experience!
Toothbrushes with natural bristles were invented in China. Europeans who traveled to China, brought natural bristle toothbrushes back with them and these natural bristle toothbrushes were adopted in Europe in the 17th century, Bristles were made out of horse hair, but the more popular bristle was from a hog, whose bristles were strongest in use.
It wasn’t until 1938 that there was a change. In 1938, Dupont invented nylon bristles. But, nylon toothbrush bristles were not popular in the United States until after the war. It is true that Nylon was a very important invention and had a wide variety of uses during the war. But it is believed that it was the disciplined hygiene habits of the soldiers from World War II that changed the toothbrush playing field. The soldiers’ concern and practice of good oral hygiene resulted in the quick adoption of the nylon toothbrush.