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.

 

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Shaving Mugs

Barber Bottles

Barbershop Furniture

Laverne Ross - Barber Shop
Barber Shop
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Norman Rockwell - Shuffletons Barber Shop
Shuffletons Barber Shop
Norman Rockwell
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Barbershop Memorabilia

 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.
Barbershop back bar

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 sales.

Shaving Mugs

Barber Bottles

Barbershop Furniture

 

 



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Barber Shop Songs

The New Generation of a Great American Tradition
~ Barbershop's Best! (Audio CD)

Barbershop Harmony Time
~ Buffalo Bills & the Chordettes (Audio CD)

The Pittsburghers (Barbershop Quartet)
~ The Pittsburghers

Twinn City High Rollin' [explicit lyrics]
~ Barbershop Records