Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Today's picture shows a barber and his shop in San Antonio. The picture was taken in 1939. Interestingly, the price of a haircut was ten cents. I can remember growing up in the 1960's, and I remember a haircut being a dollar. So roughly a 10X increase in 30 years. I am really not sure what the average price for a man's haircut is today, but I would be around $20. So in the last 40 years or so, a whopping 20X increase in price. Hmmm . . . If I am now around 50, and lets say I live to be 80 or so, by that time I will be paying $400 for a haircut? That is sort of scary.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Welcome to Barber Shop Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the Old School men's barbershops. These too seem to have quickly disappeared. They have been replaced by these large Supercut type places that cut women, children and men's hair. The old Barber Shops were places men gathered to discuss politics, business and the weather. I can remember growing up going to places like this one. Another nice little part of life that has faded away.
Friday, July 25, 2014
We wrap up Diner Week with this picture of the William Penn Diner on Route 40 in Delaware. The picture was taken in 1939. At first glance it looks like an airplane has crashed into the diner. Upon further thought, I am pretty sure that it is just an advertising gimmick being used by the diner. I think if a plane hit a roof at that angle, both the plane and the diner would be destroyed. I don't think there is any way you would have a plane so gently crash into a roof. In any way, it is a neat visual effect.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Talk about an out of the ordinary eatery . . . this diner is shaped like a milk bottle. I am curious how this came about. Some guy is sitting somewhere and gets an idea . . . I can make a diner shaped like a milk bottle. In any event, it adds interest to life when all cafes are not shaped the same.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
If there is anything even more gone than the old independently owned diners, it is the Drive-Ins. The Malt Shop above is reminiscent of many drive ins I can remember from my childhood. We had "Nita's". It served hamburgers, fries, milk shakes, malts, lime aids and all types of good things. There was no place to sit inside, and you drove up and ate in your car, or at outside picnic tables. I guess the Sonic chains are drive-ins, but really no at all the same.