Shaving Parlor

  • ;Representational Building 1860's
  • ;Replicated in 1996

This is a reproduction of a typical small wood-frame barber shop. Barber shops offered shaves, haircuts, and even minor medical and dental services. Though medical duties and bloodletting had been a part of a barber's duties since the 11th century, by the late 19th century the tradition was dwindling. In general, most barbers used a single mug to hold shaving soap and reused towels for all their customers. This caused outbreaks of barber's itch and instigated sanitary laws for barbers.


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