Wednesday, July 30, 2014

San Antonio Barber

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


Today's picture is from around 1900, and it shows an old time barber shop. The picture was taken in New York City. Interesting to note it looks like they already have electric lights.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Old Barber Shop

Today's picture shows an old Barber Shop in New Jersey. The picture was taken in 1938. It looks like a pretty small establishment, probably an independently owned shop with one barber.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hair Cut

This is a great hair cut picture from 1943. The picture was taken in a logging camp in Maine. The camp was 35 miles from the nearest real barber, so the workers would give each other hair cuts. The guy seems to be doing a pretty good job!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Barber Shop

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 They have been replaced by these large Supercut type places that cut women, children and men's hair.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

William Penn Diner

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

Milk Bottle Diner

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.