This is our ‘Hair-itage’
Historic Places Honouring our Grooming
If you have noticed more hair-covered upper-lips than normal,
don't be alarmed. These gentlemen are most likely
participating in the international movement to raise awareness and
funds for men's health, in particular prostate cancer. Known as Movember, participants make a clean
shave on November 1st and proceed to grow a moustache
over the next 30 days all while seeking sponsorship for their
fine fuzz. In honour of their whisker-growing efforts, here are a
few historic places which celebrate Canada's grooming history.
During the early
20th century development of Port Moody, B.C. this
growing community was increasingly in need of basic local services.
In 1930, Harry and Florence Etter began a barber shop and beauty
salon, known as Etter's Beauty
Salon and Barber Shop, on the ground floor of a commercial
building and resided in the upper storey. As the community
grew and prospered following the Second World War, John's Barber
Shop was established in 1947 adjoining Etter's business.
For many years, these historic places have provided personal
grooming services for men and women of all ages.
In Vilna, Alberta men from the surrounding rural hinterland have gathered for
decades at the Vilna Pool
Hall and Barbershop to meet and, presumably, catch up on the
latest gossip. Today, this historic place still features original
artifacts, such as cues, balls, barber chairs and more.
On the East Coast, a 19th century residence in
Montague, P.E.I. eventually housed Chester's
Barber Shop and Laurie's Beauty Salon (below) among other
businesses. Although not built as a barber shop, one of its former
residents, Augustine Colin Macdonald, a prominent politician
and businessman, sported quite the set of whiskers, but don't take
our word for it, see for yourself!
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