Cartoons: Barber Banter

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Balding man getting a haircut
“Sure I can save your hair. Want it in a bag?”
Syd Hoff
July 12, 1952

 

Man with a full, shaggy head of hair works as a barber.
Harry Lyons
July 7, 1956

 

Barber prepares a sickle to cut a customer's very thick head of hair.
Vahan Shirvanian
June 1, 1957

 

Barber with unkept hair laments that there is no one in town to cut his hair for him.
“Being the only barber in town is fine for business but it has one drawback.”
Wesley Thompson
May 3, 1952

 

Disheveled man sits in a barber's chair awaiting a haircut
“Comes in here once every six months, sits himself down and says ‘The usual’…”
David Engdon
April 12, 1952

 

Man with a lot of hair on his head gets a haircut.
“It’s a luxury I seldom permit myself.”
Jack Tippit
March 21, 1959

 

Man with wild hair asks for a manicure instead of a haircut.
“Manicure.”
Harry Lyons
February 23, 1957

 

Balding man gets a haircut.
“How about a little tonic above the timber line?”
Jack Tippit
February 8, 1959

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  1. The first cartoon featuring the homeless man (#5) struck me as angry. Why the angry faces on the two barbers? I assume when a person of questionable character comes in, they’d want to either be paid upfront or at least as the customer to “show me the money.” But if this guy comes in every 6 months and asks for the usual, then they must know if he can pay. The anger ruins the joke. I was only 1 in 1952, so the mood of those days must be different than what I’ve seen in my 70 years.

  2. The top one is probably the most degrading. The 2nd one (by Lyons) is kind of out there, but maybe it’s based on fact? Numbers 5, 6 and 7 look like barbers occasionally got hobos wandering in for a haircut (and hopefully) a shave. I do have to wonder if they could pay for it.

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