Barber Shop Before Post Office


Phillipsport, United States

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I originally posted an issue of this image in different format of the old "Post Office/Store in Summitville NY, USA. I did not mention at the time this may have also been an old barber shop…that was confirmed for me this past week. So here is the new version of the old Barber Shop, Summitville, New York, USA.
FYI…Did you know?… that originally the barber was known as a “Barber Surgeon”? He was also known as a “Blood Letter”.
And did you know?…The origin of the red and white barber pole (red white and blue in the USA) is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole.
During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top (representing the vessel in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood). The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow.

And did you know?….In some parts of Asia, a red, white and blue barber pole is used as a symbol for a brothel. While prostitution is illegal in many parts of Asia, laws against it are often only enforced to the degree that all public solicitations for it are eliminated. The barber’s pole is used as a euphemistic way of advertising a brothel, thus reducing the likelihood of police intervention.
Original photograph taken in Summitville NY, USA. Composed in Photoshop with layers, stock parts (courtesy of Jinxmim of Deviantart), vintage privately owned stock parts, and original textures.

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