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"In 1977, it took about eight months for a slightly faster more refined mechanism to put punk in the window of Holt Renfrew. It's gotten faster ever since."
- William Gibson

Depilatory Soap  
  A labor-saving combination of soap and a agent that removes hair.  

I rubbed the depilatory soap over my face and rinsed it with the trickle from the fresh-water tap. Wasteful, of course, but I could afford the cost, and salt water always leaves my face itchy.
Technovelgy from Gravy Planet, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by Galaxy in 1952
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Compare to the capillotomer from Beyond This Horizon (1942) by Robert Heinlein and the 'fresher from Methuselah's Children (1941) by Robert Heinlein

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