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    Check out this old Leather Strop

    If you're not sure what this is, it's a leather strop, used for sharpening knives, or in the barbershop, to put a fine edge on the razor...

    Found it in rural village of Toronto, Kansas, and I think I only paid $12 for it. Paid that much because it came with an antique tape measure, too. Whoop! whoop! whoop!!

    I thought USSR comrades were supposed to be communists, not capitalists...

    I was gonna say 1900, but USSR was founded in 1919, so it's after that...

    The Russian says "Properly imported"? and "Made in the old manner"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    If you're not sure what this is, it's a leather strop, used for sharpening knives, or in the barbershop, to put a fine edge on the razor...

    Found it in rural village of Toronto, Kansas, and I think I only paid $12 for it. Paid that much because it came with an antique tape measure, too. Whoop! whoop! whoop!!

    I thought USSR comrades were supposed to be communists, not capitalists...

    I was gonna say 1900, but USSR was founded in 1919, so it's after that...

    The Russian says "Properly imported"? and "Made in the old manner"?
    USSR was officially founded in 1922, not 1917.

    Russian orthographic reform of 1917-1918 might also assist you in more accurately dating the later strap as it contains outdated letters.

    Your translation of 'properly' is actually 'Original'...............
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    Quote Originally Posted by TolkoRaz View Post
    USSR was officially founded in 1922, not 1917.

    Russian orthographic reform of 1917-1918 might also assist you in more accurately dating the later strap as it contains outdated letters.

    Your translation of 'properly' is actually 'Original'...............
    So it would say ""Originally imported"? That doesn't make sense, how would the strop-maker know at what future date it would be imported? Or is it a different definition for "imported"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    So it would say ""Originally imported"? That doesn't make sense, how would the strop-maker know at what future date it would be imported? Or is it a different definition for "imported"?
    Genuine Imported ..... i.e. not a locally-produced fake.

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    The word under "Russia" is "Shell".

    Russia Shell
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    The word under "Russia" is "Shell".

    Russia Shell
    It's Genuine Imported LEATHER (КОЖА)

    'Shell' is the type of leather - from the rear end of a horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    but USSR was founded in 1919
    Definitely no, comrade. 30th Dec 1922.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    I thought USSR comrades were supposed to be communists, not capitalists...
    USSR comrades were running mixed economy till the end of 195x, when the dear Nikita Sergeevich decided to destroy all non-socialistic "enterprises". 2% of ppl were working in private sector, giving 9% GDP.
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