2010-03-16

Travel Kit

Trina just got me this fantastic little 1950's German travel kit. It's in a leather case, and includes tweezers, scissors, a nail file, a shoe horn, a small razor, a small shaving brush, a shaving mirror, two small canisters (one of which the shaving brush goes in), a comb, a soap dish, a toothbrush holder, and a clothes brush. I can't wait to have an excuse to use it :) Here are some photos:

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

7 comments:

  1. Very nice!

    Have you ever seen a Rolls Razor? I have a weak spot for those...almost as bad as my weak spot for bicycles.

    Aaron

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  2. Yeah, I think I have seen one of those somewhere - I'm not entirely clear on how they work, but they look cool in an old gadgety sense :) Do you actually use one to shave? How well does it work?

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  3. I use one fairly often...except when I have to fly somewhere. TSA doesn't like sharp things...

    It does a decent job, not as close as a mega blade disposable, but then again it isn't disposable. I actually have 4 or 5 of them. The one I use most often belonged to my grandfather, I did finally have to replace the blade on it, but that was after almost 45 years of use.

    Aaron

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  4. Wow, impressive. That's fun that you have your grandfather's razor! Nice to have things that you know the history of, and came from someone you know.

    With a standard safety razor, I actually find I get a better shave with less irritation than a "mega blade disposable" as you say :) But of course, I have to change the blade every 10 shaves or so. At least I'm throwing away less material than a modern disposable cartridge though. Speaking of which, I need to get some more blades soon.

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  5. Steel razor blades can be recycled. I used a "safety" razor for years.I would drop the used blades in a small steel can (tomato paste IIRC) then when it was nearly full, bend the top over and toss it in the recycling pile. I have lived in houses where there was a slot in the bottom of the medicine chest for used blades. I finally found out where they go...into the wall cavity! Nice thing to find during a renovation of a 1920's house.

    As far as shaving with the Rolls, the shave is very similar to a single blade safety razor.

    Aaron

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  6. I'll have to start doing that with my blades (recycling them that is, not dropping them into the wall) :)

    I guess if nothing else, that maybe provides some more insulation in the wall? I would hate to be the person living there when it filled up though :) We live in a 1920's apartment with lathe and plaster walls, I can only imagine some of the things you might find if you were to take them apart :) There's no slot in the medicine cabinet though :)

    Cheers!

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  7. I ought to do a list sometimes of the stuff found in walls while renovating old houses. In my parents 1919 house one of the additions was a bit out of square and plumb, I suspect the beer cans and vodka bottles we found in the walls might have had something to do with it. The addition appears to have been built in the late 1920's.

    Another interesting artifact that was found by my grandfather in the wall of an old school he was helping to demolish was a cast bronze bell. It apparently came from somewhere in Italy, possibly Naples. The best guess by the curators at the Smithsonian is that it was probably stolen from a church over there and somehow ended up in the States. The person that had it felt guilty and put into a wall they were bricking up in the late 1800's only to have it unburied some 60 years later.

    Aaron

    Aaron

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