The neighborhood barber shop was an important social and cultural institution in the first half of the 20th century. Men and boys gathered to gossip, exchange business news, and check current fashions. With the emergence of unisex shops in the 1960s, the number of barber shops dropped by half in the United States.
References: Ronald S. Barlow, “The Vanishing American Barber Shop,” Windmill Publishing, 1993; Lester Dequaine, “Razor Blade Banks,” published by author, 1998; Roy Ritchie and Ron Stewart, “Standard Guide to Razors, Second Edition,” Collector Books, 1998; Jim Sargent, “Sargent’s American Premium Guide to Pocket Knives & Razors…,” 4th Edition, Books Americana, Krause Publications, 1995.
– Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”