1940’S RAZOR BLADE MIRROR; WHY?

Over the weekend I was at a friend’s house for band rehearsal when he had told us,” the toilet works, but not the sink.” Working for Alpine Plumbing & Heating, my curiosity was on the problem with his plumbing. We went into the bathroom and he explained that the waterlines behind the wall were cracked so he replaced them. The walls were still opened and as he grabs his flashlight, he told me a story that this is the house he was raised in and when his parents passed away, he bought it. With his flashlight in hand we knelt down to discover 100’s of old razor blades on the floor behind where the wall once was. I found this to be so fascinating I took some pics…

But my curiosity did not stop there! Why, in these older homes, are there so many strange things that we don’t use now-a-days? As I’m doing some research on these “razor blades in the wall,” I’ve come across some very interesting things. The old mirror/medicine cabinets had slots in the back to discard these ”Safety Razors”, which then dropped them in the wall. As I scratch my head thinking how is “safety razor” an appropriate name? Logically if you have a home built before the 50’s, chances are there are “safety razors” in your bathroom walls. This may have been a safety feature back in the day, but when you have to start digging in walls and you come across 100’s of old rusty blades, you think to yourself how am I going to discard of these “safely”? As my research continues, I watch a You Tube video that made me realize that some of the things they did back in the 40’s & 50’s were strange! For example, the creepy clown that was the face for Post Sugar Rice Krinkles in the 50’s, for years … check it out! It does not disappoint! As far as the blades in the wall, my only conclusion is it was for safety of the children and animals. I have to get back to work so that is all the “digging” I will be doing for today! Happy Post Labor Day!