From the Archives

Unknown Barber

In this photo from around 1910, an unknown Galt barber stands ready for the next customer. This practitioner of the tonsorial arts has all the comforts of a fully stocked shop. There are gaslights, a potbelly stove and cushioned chairs. One can tell how successful a barber is by the number of shaving mugs are stored on the shelves. Those mugs had a regular customer name and a symbol of his occupation painted on the side. This shop also had a second chair, another sign of a successful barber. In the early days, a haircut (using scissors) was 25 cents, and a shave (using a straight razor) was 10 cents.