Dad and Grandpa went to the local barber shop instead of Supercuts, and gossiped with the rest of the patrons. After their fill of laughter and friendship they ventured out in the cold crisp air smelling of Aqua Velva and Old Spice.
A haircut was not the only thing you left the barbershop with. The barber also needed to be the master of ceremonies. The conversations that took place within the shop could be a very demanding job. The patrons were not only there for a haircut but for a good conversation. Everybody has their good and bad days, but when you are a barber, you need to be able to become a bartender and keep your client comfortable and entertained.
The barber always had to be in a talkative mood no matter how he felt that day. You just didn’t want your customer to walk out with a good haircut–but you also wanted them to leave with an experience that made them want to come back.
The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum has boxes of photos from the old Canadian basement that Jennifer Fenwick Irwin rescued. This is another one of the old treasured photos from times gone by. So whose chair was this?
Ted Hurdis said, “I’m thinking either Howard Little or Howard McNeely. They were long time barbers back in the day”.