In the most comprehensive book ever written on barbershop history. Ronald Barlow traces the evolution of professional shaving and haircutting. Over 750 vintage photographs and illustrations accompany a text which is both educational and entertaining.
Included in the book are lessons on shaving (with a straight razor) and haircutting, as taught in early barber school manuals. For collectors and hobbyists, many pages are painstakingly reproduced in detail from very old and rare Barber Supply catalogs. Wooden poles, revolving poles, barber signs, porcelain and wood barber chairs, are all shown in detail. This is a "must-have" book for barber enthusiasts. The price guide section is an invaluable research tool for collectors.
The book devotes several chapters to the memoirs of old time barbers, who actually worked in shops from 1860 to 1960. Something for everyone.
Welcome to a light-hearted and affectionate closer look at a classic American place: the neighborhood barbershop.
Through entertaining photos and text, author Mic Hunter explores this fondly-remembered world of familiar smells, strewn hair clippings, and good conversation.
For over a decade, Hunter pursued a commitment to document the life of small, gradually disappearing, traditional barbershops.
More than 100 human interest style photos are reproduced in large full-page format. These are photos that will flood the reader's thoughts, providing memories of just yesterday, or of years long gone by. The stories recall the soothing snip of scissors, the hum of the clippers, the idle talk and banter. A very entertaining read.