The little slot in the back of the medicine cabinet

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Papa Joe, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
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  2. Treynor

    Treynor Squier-holic

    Jun 22, 2016
    Dallas, Texas
    Don't have one now. Been awhile since I've seen one. But yes, my Grandma and Grandpa Yergin in Akron had one of these, @Papa Joe.
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  3. squierplayer

    squierplayer Squier-Nut

    Feb 27, 2011
    I remember watching my grandpa shave and sometimes drop a blade in that slot. Probably early 60's in a house he built around that time. Gave me something to think about in the 70"s when I was remodeling houses.
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  4. squierbilly

    squierbilly Squier-holic

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    It must have went out when the disposable razor came in..
    Early 70s maybe?..
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  5. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    lol..If I had not posted a pic , I'll bet there's a bunch of people here that would not know what it was for..
  6. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    this is really funny, PJ!!

    It just goes to show how ppl thought "back in the day" ... "Lets put a slot in there for folks to throw old blades away" ... "Cool, but how will they get the blades OUT when its full behind the med cabinet??" ... "Oh, that will be a LOOOOOONG time from now, WE won't have to worry about that!" :D
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  7. Joe90

    Joe90 Squier-Nut

    Jul 6, 2014
    Western Canada
    I'll bet you guys have a pretty clear idea of the s**t I dealt with while renovating an old house built in 1929.

    The crap you find under floors and behind walls is unbelievable until you see it for yourself.
  8. MOD-VM70

    MOD-VM70 Squier-Meister

    Nov 11, 2016
    Yeah, like me. :) If I have, it's been so long I've forgotten. My father used to use a DE blade. I bought the one off the TV commercial with the pawn stars guy but don't use it much anymore.
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  9. Allenjason95

    Allenjason95 Squier Talker

    Jun 17, 2017
    Sweetlips Arkansas
    I don't remember them but it's a pretty random thing to have in a medicine cabinet. Why would they build a slot just to throw old razor blades into the wall instead of a trash can like everything else?
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  10. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    'Cause they were freakin' sharp, and double edged. Hard to safely dispose of.

    Single sided blades we'd stick into something so the sharp edge was not exposed. Doubly edge blades didn't allow for that and this was seen as a clever solution.

    No, not forever. But that is so for all disposal. Someone else's problem some other day. :)

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  11. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    While doing a remodel or demo, I've run into a pile of razor blades a few times over the years. It's usually in the houses with claw foot tubes w/rubber stoppers, asbestos floor tile, and lead paint on the windows. Once the Bic disposable razors were introduced, the "slot" went the way of the "white buffalo".
  12. willhowl

    willhowl Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2011
    Houston Texas
    Yeah, PJ....I remember that mystery.....the ones I saw were usually rusty around the edges.......Took me a while to figger out.....And then I thought....Where do they Go???....And, How Many????..............

    Ahhh...the good old days....................willhowl
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  13. theflow

    theflow Squier-holic

    Feb 16, 2017
  14. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    With the one's we had there was a sharp "Zzzzz" sound when the blade went in, a bright bluish flash of light and a slight puff of metallic smelling smoke. I always assumed it was some super sophisticated electronic disposal unit like the one seen in the movie Forbidden Planet.

    Was I wrong? Was it just a hole in the wall?

    If so my entire youthful vision of modern American life has been destroyed.

    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  15. willhowl

    willhowl Squier-holic

    Dec 19, 2011
    Houston Texas

    How was that razor???......Personal Comment, here......I would not buy ANYTHING from that endorsement
    by that clown......He is all about "Anything for a buck"..........willhowl:oops:
  16. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Squier-holic

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Maybe they'll make a comeback. More and more people are buying into the inconvenience of a shaving brush, lather, and safety razors. Meh, it's sometimes better to talk about nostalgia than experience it.
  17. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Squier-holic

    Jul 4, 2012
    So they just went in the wall?

    I guess it would take a long time before the entire wall was overflowing with blades. lol
  18. Ahnlaashock

    Ahnlaashock Squier-holic

    Sep 21, 2014
    St. Louis Area
    A few years back, we were tearing bathrooms out in apartments and replacing them. I tore a tub out, and then knocked the studs clean behind it. When the sheathing was off, there were razor blades stacked 2 feet high between two of the studs. Whoever had lived in the next apartment must have lived there for years, and must have been a fresh blade every morning type.
    They put the medicine cabinet up, and then cut through the wall in the slot. They just pushed the blades into the wall where they fell to the bottom between the studs.
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  19. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
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    Masshole Squier-Meister

    May 26, 2017
    Massachusetts USA
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