Saturday, January 22, 2011

Old Barber Shop/Williamsburg NY

This derelict barber ship in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is quite stunning both in it's originality and state of urban decay.

An older photo of the barber's pole before the glass was broken. An interesting story re: the origins of the traditional red and white striped pole:
Originally barbers were surgeons as well as hair cutters and would often travel with armies performing basic medical tasks such as stitching up wounds and amputations at the base camp. The pole represents a bloody bandaged arm......
The William Marvy Company still manufactures barber poles in the US. and this could well be one of theirs.

Looking down the side alley there appears to be a house at the back in a similar state of decrepitude waiting for the right owner to restore.

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