Whose Barbershop Chair was This?



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”.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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