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Nostalgia For Another Era: The Gentlemen's Barber Shops

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    Posted 4 months ago

    truthordare
    (344 items)

    Something about the lifestyle of the Victorian Era and later triggers the nostalgia for simpler and more pleasant times.

    Men especially had a lifestyle were they were pampered and looked after. Establishments for their social and personal grooming were well attended, a female free environment and a relaxed hour or two in good familiar company and surroundings.

    If you have a close look at the decor and accessories, you will see a shelving system for personal shaving mugs, and flasks on the back of the ornate wooden counter with large framed wall mirrors.

    Many of these bottles were made and exported from Bohemia to England, where they were finished with a sterling silver rim. My collection has a few of those as well as 1920s type of bold spatters colored glass flasks. USA also had their decorative glass barber bottles, these are a highly collectible category, especially the rarer ones still in good condition.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 4 months ago
      What a fascinating post! I always zoom in to get better views. Seems the wooden counters are marble topped! The men and those “hair-do’s”!! Actually the first guy in the third row is darn right good looking, though all are very stern look about them.. Didn’t anyone smile in photos back then?Ha! Thanks for a wonderful post!
    2. truthordare truthordare, 4 months ago
      Thanks Eileen, that is exactly what I was going for, there were many old photos of these fancy barber shops I found, some with a dozen chairs and stations all along one wall. I admired the panels of woodworking and yes the marble tops. Best.

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