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The Barber Shop

 

The Barber Shop was built in about 1916 and used as part of the Earl Morey Lumber Company. After they had finished using it as part of the lumber company, it was used for a gas station in the Village of Campia. This building was then moved to the Museum in September of 1972. The building was then restored by the Heart of the North Barbershop Chorus. 

At the barbershop, a person could get a shave for only 15 cents and a haircut for 25 cents. On Saturdays, they would run a special of a haircut and shave for 25 cents. If someone wanted to take a bath, they could do so inside of the barbershop. There was a public bath that anyone could use. Someone that visited the barbershop enough would get their own cups. They would be able to use them for whatever they wanted - the only rule was that they had to stay at the barbershop.

 

Have you ever really wondered why the barber shop has that little red and white pole outside of it? Well, there are several accounts of the origin of the Barber Pole. The most reliable story of the pole is that it originated when blood-letting was the most typical service of the barber. The two spiral ribbons painted around the pole were symbols of the two bandages used in blood-letting. One ribbon represented the bandage bound around the arm before surgery was preformed, and the other afterwards. The true colors of the barber emblem are white and red. Red, white, and blue are widely used in America. This is due partly to the fact the national flag has these colors. But the red and white are regarded by the most authorities as the true colors of the barber pole.

 

Could you imagine going into the Barber Shop to take a bath where everyone would be in the same room as you were? Today we carry on the tradition of the red and white barber pole, but it does not have the same history or the same value as it had a long time ago.