Thursday, March 31, 2011

Main Street, Christoval Texas



Christoval Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of the Barber Shop and Real Estate Office. The picture was taken in about 1900. I wonder if any of these men are the same men on the porch in yesterday's picture. Perhaps a group of men who walked around sitting on porches. The other possibility is that Christoval had two separate groups of porch sitters . . . one that sat at the barber shop, and one that sat at the store.

I am enjoying these pictures so much, I might just have to extend Christoval Week another week.  

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  1. If you have enough pictures why not extend the show.
    I wonder what these men are waiting for. Opening of barber shop or ?

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  2. Whatever happened to "real" barber shops anyways??
    In my day the barber shop wasn't just a place to get get your haircut, but a place where you and the boys could talk the talk.
    Nowadays they have 'stylists', and it costs you a week's pay to get what used to be a buck (tip included); darn!!!
    And don't even attempt to go in there and sit down with a deck of cards and no intent for a haircut--they'll have you thrown in jail for vagrancy!
    In the gool ol' days money wasn't the bottom line, friends and decency were. Just look at the fellas in this photo. Five will get you ten that most of them weren't getting a haircut that day. Try that now!
    Keep the pictures coming, young man and I'll keep looking at 'em.
    TO heck with modern days!!!

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  3. So that is how the barber pole came tho being. Notice that a couple the porch supports have what looks like a dark colored (I would guess red) ribbon on them.

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  4. Hey! That doesn't say Barber Shop! It says Real Estate Office!!!

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  5. There's still a barber is my small town where all the old timers hang out. Some sit and talk all day

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  6. After an exhaustive comparative analysis of the two photos, enlarged and enhanced in photoshop, I think it's safe to assume that Christoval had two separate groups of porch sitters.

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  7. yyeeeaaa!! Please extend another week.

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  8. Just wanna say that I love the photos and the small stories that you post.

    Thank you! :)

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  9. I like the rock foundation under the porch.

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  10. Publish for another week! I love these photos!

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  11. @RTD - way back when, the barber was also the local surgeon, blood-letter, and general all-around medical man. Just as the Red Cross gives you something to grip when you donate blood, the barber would give you a stick to hold onto. The white on the barber's pole represented the bandages, and the red was for the blood.

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  12. Please do extend the picture show. Old photos is (part of) why we come here every day.

    Great trove you discovered, thank you.

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  13. They are getting in on the newfangled invention called photography. The banter about porch sitters is fun,but not actually relevant to the question posed.I remember being a kid and when they pointed the camera you got your gameface on and hustled for a shot in the picture.

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  14. well, this one, me, I might just like this "mean old man". He reminds me of some of my close family members. I agree! To heck with modern days. I like them ol' time reunions.

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  15. Above the window on the right there is a barber pole laying sideways.
    The origin of the red and white barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole.[2] During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions.

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  16. I wonder if there's enough old photos which AREN'T at the Pioneer Museum to be collected and presented as a special exhibit?

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