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1910 Stropper

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Automatic Stropper
Both my grampas had stroppers in their bathrooms, and they weren’t used for disposable blades. They used straight razors with a cup of hard shaving cream and a brush. Put a little water in the cup, brush up a lather, then pay attention.

For those of you who grew up later than I did, the strop was a strip of leather hanging by a ring adjacent to the barber’s chair. Barbershops still had them when I was a kid, and they were used to get rid of a used blade’s microscopic burl:

Microscopic Burl

BTW, $2 in 1910 was about $50 in 2015 bucks.

Q1: Anyone remember the slots in bathroom walls for disposal of disposable Gillette blades into the wall cavities?
Q2: Did they ever fill up?

[Images found here and here.]


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