Sunday, September 13, 2009
20th Century Barbershops ~ #7 In A Series
These three photographs were all made by Marion Post Wolcott for FDR's Works Progress Administration, under the direction of the Farm Service Administration, in their efforts to document American life during the Great Depression.
The top photograph was made in November, 1939, on Main Street in Oxford, North Carolina and shows a dapper proprietor in front of his "Harlem Barber Shop". In August, two years later, Wolcott made the photograph below of a section of the downtown of Homestead, Montana. It shows a barbershop, store and the local post office.
The miners' union established the barber shop below for their members in Scotts Run, West Virginia. Marion Post Wolcott photographed it for posterity in September, 1938.