I have fond childhood memories of my bimonthly trips to the barbershop. I remember them as being a positive experience mostly because a Tootsie Roll Pop was involved if I behaved myself and refrained from fidgeting in the chair. I also looked forward to being told what a handsome young man I was by my mother following each haircut. Barbering has been with us since the Bronze Age (circa 3500 BC) in Egypt. At that time, barbers were also surgeons as well as dentists. Barbers are even mentioned in the Bible! I discovered this noteworthy quote honoring the virtues of barbers everywhere: “Barbers are more than just people who went to barber school for a few months to learn how to use a pair of scissors. A real barber is a man or woman of history and one who takes pride in their work.” (I remember how my barber, Merle, would always stand back, look at me and grin while admiring his handiwork) “It’s not just a job for a barber, it’s a means of expression and providing an invaluable service that will always have its place as long as we grow hair.” Vintage barbershop memorabilia, (barber poles, ornate chairs, signage, shaving mugs and even the myriad tools of the trade remain popular with collectors worldwide!
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