POPULAR WITH COLLECTORS OF NOSTALGIA
During the period of 1880 to 1925, there was one place in every American
town that was the principal gathering place for men from all walks of life.
Part service station, part town hall, the American barbershop was a
place where men could get their daily shave or monthly haircut, hear the
local news, make contacts, and be a part of their community.
In spite of the steady decline of the barbershop since the introduction
of safety razors, continued interest in this classic American institution
has led to the current peak in the market for barbershop memorabilia.
Barbershop memorabilia includes anything originally used by barbers and
their patrons during the heyday of the American barbershop. These items
include shaving mugs, barber bottles, razors, horsehide and leather
strops, furniture, towel steamers, blade receptacles, paper vases, shaving
bowls, shaving brushes, advertising items, brushes, and combs. Although
interest in this field is at its current peak, collectors of barbershop
memorabilia have been around since the 1930s and 1940s.
The marketplace for barbershop memorabilia centers around a few
specialized dealers, traditional auction houses, and of course, eBay. One
traditional auction house, Glass-works Auctions in East Greenville,
Pennsylvania, has been handling collections of barbershop memorabilia for
years and produces beautiful color catalogues for their twice-yearly