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Old Barbershop Photo Story - North St. Louis, Missouri

Places like this are out of step with the rest of time. Living museums with hidden treasures collected through the decades. The musty smell mixed with aftershave is almost haunting. The barber’s gone now. And with him he took a thousand stories he told and heard from friends and customers who spend their lazy afternoons in his shop and graced his chair while Johnny took “just a little off the top,” maybe sprucing up for a birthday, first date, job interview, Sunday services, or a wedding. Johnny the barber picked up a pair of scissors for the first time at 15 during the Great Depression on a promise he made to his dying dad that he would learn a respectable trade so he could take care of himself after his dad passed. And that he did.

Maybe another barbershop will come along to take its place. If not, these photos will have to do. That’s the beauty of photography, nothing or nobody ever really goes away forever, as long as we have a picture to keep.

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