I still remember a floating chair with a chrome pump handle for revolving and levitations. And huge glass cabinets crammed with exotic bottles and colorful concoctions.
"You want it short or close today?"
Scissors fly, razors scrape,
Lotions, potions and lather.
Elixirs tease, shampoos foam,
Brews, balms and vapors.
I still remember gumball machines and racks of ancient magazines thumbed beyond recognition. A rainbow of fragrances, intoxicating aromas, emulsions, alcohols, and ointments. Brooms for clippings, and soft whisking brushes. Continuity.
"You want it close or short today?"
Old stories retold,
Spritzes, splashes, and sprinkles.
High school football,
News, chatter and gossip.
I still remember the towntalk and common concerns that cement essential bonds of community. Grooming lessons from the local salon. But I remember most, with a newborn's sense of smell, that everyday matters matter.
Title: © Rexrode's Barber Shop . r0612-20
Series: Barber Shops
Location: Elkins, West Virginia
Date: Saturday 5 June 1993
(Taken from my photo essay on barber shops published in Blue Ridge Country magazine August 1995.)