What Is This Mysterious Bathroom Feature?

What Is This Mysterious Bathroom Feature?

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Tess Wilson
Jul 12, 2015

Q: We moved into a home built in 1939. The house has plenty of character, which we love, and the built-ins make 800 square feet go a long way. While there are plenty of quirks, there is one small accessory we still haven't figured out...

This is essentially a 2x4 that pulls out of the bathroom wall at shin height. What is it? For shining shoes? For shaving legs? -Sent by Danielle

Editor: If I haven't mentioned this before, please send me all of your Old House Mysteries- I will post each and every one of them! This is a great one, and the Escher-esque photo just adds to the fun. Wise readers, just what exactly is this thing for? Accurate answers, educated guesses, and wild speculations are all encouraged.

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(Image: Danielle)

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