Sunday, October 4, 2009

20th Century Barbershops ~ #10 In A Series

This is near the waterfront of Charlotte Amalie (pronounced Umm-all-yuh, in case you've never heard it spoken), on St. Thomas, the largest city in the American Virgin Islands. The photograph was taken by Jack Delano of an outdoor Caribbean barbershop in December, 1941, the same month Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. Mr. Delano was employed to document American life for the Farm Services Administration, as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's WPA.


The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the idea of having a hair cut in the open air - althoug it is rarely that warm here - and often too windy. Lovely nostalgic photograph - particularly when you think of what is shortly to happen after it was taken. That makes the photo all the more poignant.

32˙North said...

Awesome! Do you think that's near the ferry dock?

steven said...

i'm with weaver - here, i'd love an open air haircut - if it was warm, not windy, and there was something tasty to drink afterwards like a big margarita! have a lovely evening golden west. steven