Wednesday, November 16, 2016

barbershop

Growing up, the barbershop I went to had its pole mounted on the side of the building where the shop was.  It was red, white and blue.  Here it is red and white, I haven't seen many of these but now I am curious and will keep an eye out for them to see if they are different.  I never knew what the colors represented so I did a search and found this

The red and white pole outside barber shops references a time when barbers were expected to perform bloodletting and other medical procedures to heal the sick; red represented blood and white represented bandages.  If you want to read more click here



21 comments:

  1. What a tidy shop with a great sign! Our local barber's is actually named 'Blood and Bandages'!
    That would put many off, I think!

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  2. Nice find, Bill !
    Our barbershops don't have colored poles outside...

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  3. Estão de volta as tradicionais barbearias, gostei.
    Um abraço e boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  4. cute little sign! interesting about the pole! now i will have to be on the lookout for the red and whites..i've only seen, that i'm aware of the red,white and blues!

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  5. your post reminded me the time of my childhood back in my village when for the all men of this small village [32 houses only] came the long beard Barber twice in a week and shaved them
    he was famous for being miser and talkative

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  6. The barber pole is a universal sign!

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  7. Don't see many of those poles anymore. There's a red, white and blue one a building that is supposed to look like an old-timey barber shop in Brownwood, The Villages.

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  8. You are right; barber poles are no longer commonplace. Thanks for the historical background; somehow I knew that but had totally forgotten the information.

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  9. The colour information is fascinating.

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  10. Always something new, now the colours...

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  11. I've only been aware of the red white and blue poles. Since I shave my head, I haven't been in a barbershop or hair stylist in years.

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  12. Well imagine that! You learn something new every day hey Bill.. Hopefully no bloodletting today, apart from the occasional nick when giving a shave 😀

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  13. I know what you mean about the red and white. What I find unusual here is the placement of the 'pole' on the pavement. First time I have seen that.

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  14. That is NEW for me ( I followed the link, thanks).

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  15. Yeah, that's exactly how I felt about a number of the barbers I experienced as a boy. :-)

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  16. Yeah, that's exactly how I felt about a number of the barbers I experienced as a boy. :-)

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  17. So interesting! As I read your explanation I had a foggy memory of some kind of "medical" procedure but I think I had completely forgotten it was bloodletting. And the red and white poles was all news to me.

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  18. I remember seeing barber poles, too. Knew the color explanation, but it's always somehow 'cheerful' to see them.

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  19. I remember seeing barber poles, too. Knew the color explanation, but it's always somehow 'cheerful' to see them.

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  20. The traditional barber shop I visit in Hartford has one of these barber poles, but the more modern one in Naples doesn't. Personally, I like to see traditions be preserved.

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