08-27-2022, 11:57 PM
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Lately I’ve been on a Autostrop jag. I’ve talked about a film that features how to look after the Valet, an early animated store display, a 1920’s two page ad, and a 1944 non-advertisement on how to look after your strop. Today I stumbled over another piece of Valet / AutoStrop history; the Wall Kit.
The wall kit came with everything you needed. A razor, some blades, a strop, and a wall mount.

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A 1942 advertisement for the Valet Wall Kit. Photo by Joe Haupt, CC BY-SA 2.0

Seems like a neat and inexpensive shaving solution. A mere 0.98 US dollars in 1942 is roughly the equivalent to 17.80 US dollars today. About what I would pay for a modern plastic horror with one spare blade at my local supermarket. Less than I would pay to have pizza delivered. Cheap, I think, at twice the price. Quite literally half what the cheapest Valet Wall Kit are sold for on fleaBay.

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A 1942ish Valet Wall Kit. Photo by Joe Haupt, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Art Deco style Wall Kit would look good on any bathroom wall. The strop folds up when not in use and has a little pocket to sit in. Gravity – which keeps us all down – holds the razor in place, and the handle helps secure the strop. Under the holder for the razor is a small hook, which I assume was to hook the strop onto when it was used.
I have been wanting a Valet AutoStrop razor for some time. But now I know which kit I would like if I can’t get an AutoStrop Khaki Kit. The 1942 kit would look grat on my bathroom wall, and wouldn’t take up a slot on the already packed razor shelf. It also seems to have come in several colours, so with a bit of luck I can find one that don’t clash too badly with the rest of the décor.

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 08-28-2022, 04:55 AM
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Your better half is okay with your decorating ideas, Hans?

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 08-28-2022, 01:18 PM
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Always finding interesting oddball stuff, Hans!
Keep it up!
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 08-28-2022, 01:26 PM
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(08-28-2022, 04:55 AM)chazt Wrote: Your better half is okay with your decorating ideas, Hans?

My better half owns an interior design store.  I have absolutely no say in what goes up on the walls in the house.   Mounting a Valet Auto Strop on a bathroom wall is a definite no.

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 08-28-2022, 02:35 PM
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(08-28-2022, 01:26 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(08-28-2022, 04:55 AM)chazt Wrote: Your better half is okay with your decorating ideas, Hans?

My better half owns an interior design store.  I have absolutely no say in what goes up on the walls in the house.   Mounting a Valet Auto Strop on a bathroom wall is a definite no.

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 08-29-2022, 04:18 AM
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(08-28-2022, 04:55 AM)chazt Wrote: Your better half is okay with your decorating ideas, Hans?

She likes Art Deco. She would probably be okay with it, provided I asked first.

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 08-30-2022, 05:50 PM
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Pretty cool  rig.

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