My father had the same Dopp Kit for 30 years. It was always stationed to left of my parent’s sink and was without a doubt the one item my father used most in his day-to-day life. Whether he was at home or traveling, the 10” x 5” case was opened and shut every morning and every night.
What I never could understand is why on earth it was called a Dopp Kit…well, mystery solved! Below we’ve unearthed some facts about the bag’s history:
- The name derives from early 20th century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to the United States, who invented his toiletry case in 1919.
- The kits became widely known during the WWII when they were issued to GIs.
- Dopp kits were once a common gift given to adolescent males as they ascended from boyhood to adulthood.
- In Britain the item is known as a "sponge bag".
- Aberdeen Leather Dopp Kit
- Exterior 100% Scottish Leather
- Lined in water-repellent nylon and featuring a flap-down front to hold toothbrushes, razors and other toiletries.
- Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.5 x 4.