Home archaeology - new info!
Recently while doing a home renovation project, I found some razor blades in my wall.
I’ve learned since I published that piece that some medicine cabinets in the middle of the 20th century actually had a slit in them, for the express purpose of razor blade disposal. So it’s very likely that these blades were intentionally dropped into the wall, never to be found again. Thanks to my friends Steve and Marie, who each independently grew up in houses with similar medicine cabinets. Without their input I never would have known of such a cabinet!
Also, my friend Satoshi pointed out to me that the Carey’s blades are likely products of the company that is now Carey International, Inc., self-described as “the world’s leading provider of chauffeured transportation.” J. P. Carey was a barber and entrepreneur, and started a barbershop at New York’s Grand Central Station. His business in Grand Central grew such that he offered other services, including a limousine service. It was the limousine service that really took off and is why Carey’s company is still around today.
Thanks for your help, friends!