Sunday, September 27, 2009

20th Century Barbershops ~ #9 In A Series

These barbers in Danbury, Connecticut ran a well-appointed high-end establishment, circa 1900.

Photographer Arthur Rothstein captured a Hagerstown, Maryland barbershop and its wall of personal mustache cups or shaving mugs for FDR's WPA make-work project documenting life in the United States during the Great Depression. This one is from October, 1937. The one below was shot by Rothstein two years later. Dated January, 1939, it shows a barbershop for union workers in Herrin, Illinois.


steven said...

hello golden west, my son and i went for haircuts yesterday. we get our hair cut in a ladies salon. it's awesome! why? because they tell the most outrageous stories about their personal lives, their husband's failings, antics, and of course there are stories of such a bawdy nature that really you just wish you could be there all day long!!!! i'm not sure that at the time these pics were taken, a man would be seen in a ladies salon - but i figure it was their loss! have a lovely day. steven

Barry said...

Greetings, Daughter of the Golden West. I love this series on barbershops. My wife's cousin has one of the country's largest collections of early 20th century razors (well everybody has to have something to keep them occupied).

I will have to send him to the link to your blog!

Elizabeth said...

Something rather sociable about a barber's shop.
when we lived in Morocco there were a much bigger ratio of them than here.
Men went for tea and chats.
A super post.

The Weaver of Grass said...

They don't make em like that any more, do they?