So while I was probing around for all things Auto-Strop, I found pictures of a rather interesting store display. Similar in concept to the animated GEM advertisement I mentioned a little while1 back, the Auto-Strop store display takes it one step further. It not only draws the eye with motion, but uses the motion to explain what makes the Auto-Strop unique.
As the sharp eyed reader can surly make out, the store display features a strop and an Auto-Strop razor head. I would assume2 that the box contains an electric motor, a flywheel, and a linkage to make the hand holding the razor move back and forth. As the razor head is moved, the Auto-Strop head would do its thing and flip the blade over for stropping.
All in all a neat piece of shaving and salesmanship history. Today the same thing would been achieved with a small LCD screen and a system-on-a-chip. That would be smaller, cheaper, and much less fun.
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- Three years is hardly any time at all, is it?
- Based on a bit of guesswork.