Thursday, September 27, 2012

☞ REMEMBER: The Harlem Barber Shop c. 1929

A photo from 1929 shows the all important barber shop in an Art Deco variation somewhere in Harlem during the height of the Jazz Age years.  Original tin roofs are still in place but the pendant lights now have angular curves and linear mirrors line the entire wall to the left.  On the right, smaller deco mirrors are posted behind the gentlemen in waiting while what appears to be hand a hand painted quail motif decorates the worn wooden floors.  Harlem barbers are a little more basic in decor these days but there has been a resurgence of this type of classic barbershop in parts of downtown and Brooklyn over the past few years: LINK

Archival photo courtesy the digital collection at NYPL


  1. BBraxton tries for this type of classy, classic feel with their offering. I think they are excellent but they don't stay as busy as should be.

  2. Fascinating, this is the first time I have heard of or seen a design painted wooden floor.