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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Thomas the Tonsorialist: 1937

Thomas the Tonsorialist: 1937

Spring 1937. "Barber shop at 19th and Bainbridge Streets, Philadelphia." If the twirling candystripes don't pull you in, there's always the psychedelic eyeball. Photo by Paul Vanderbilt for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
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Thumb latch doors

Aah, I remember those latches from all the corner stores, confectioners, and dairy bars of my childhood. And the bells announcing me and my penny or nickel.

Tonsorialist

That is definitely a word you don't hear today. In fact, I'm 64 and I've never seen it used ever. My grandfather was a barber a little over a hundred years ago and I have copies of ads he ran and the main selling point common to all of them was that they were "sanitary."

Still there

The second door is gone. I've never seen such a psychedelic eye in a barber shop.

 
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