Sunday, August 9, 2009

20th Century Barbershops ~ #2 In A Series

Both of these photographs were taken in 1938 by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Services Administration's Office of War Information. Key West, above, looked quiet that January. The barber pole shown at the curb has been a symbol of barbering since medieval times, when barbers also performed surgery and dentistry. The rags used during procedures (both bloodied and clean) were hung on a pole outside and were often entwined by the wind, represented on more contemporary poles as the helixing red and white stripes. The photograph below was made that October in Bivalve, New Jersey.


steven said...

the "bivalve" barber shop?! so a side of clams while you're getting a shave? the story behind the striped pole (which i mentioned in my reply to your last barbershop post) is truly gruesome but makes so much sense. i think if i saw that sight i'd let my hair grow as long as it wants! have a peaceful day. steven

Seth said...

Cool pictures! And thanks for the lesson on barbers and barber poles. Very interesting. Thanks also for your nice comment on my blog!!