Carl's Barber Shop is one of my most memorable discoveries, down a narrow alley and around behind the buildings on main street -startling and drenched with authenticity. I still remember that moment and my wide-eyed amazement. This photo was later published as a part of my photo essay on barber shops in Blue Ridge Country magazine. Now, 'the rest of the story…'
One of his customers, a retired army officer, saw the essay and wrote wondering how he might get a copy for Carl. Immensely flattered I made and sent one right away. Thereinafter it was my mission to re-visit Franklin often and pay homage in front of the right hand window watching my photo fade from year to year in the direct sunlight. Carl's has since closed. I never met him.
© r0601-19 Carl's Barber Shop
Franklin, West Virginia
Wednesday 2 June 1993