William Marvy Company is the publisher of the following books about the barber industry. A must ready for every barber, past and present.
The Vanishing American
Barber Shop Book
An Illustrated History of Tonsorial Art, 1860 - 1960
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 rare old Barber Supply catalogs. Wooden poles, revolving poles, barber signs, wood and porcelain barber chairs are shown in detail. 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 – 1960. Something for everyone.
The American Barbershop Book
A Closer Look at a Disappearing Place
Welcome to a light-hearted, affectionate closer look at a classic American place: the neighborhood
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 has 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. Photos that certainly will flood the reader’s thoughts, providing memories of just yesterday, or of the years long gone by. The stories recall the soothing snip of scissors, the hum of the clippers, the idle talk and banter. Very entertaining.