Comments on: The Barber of Leon: A Living Time Capsule, A 360 Degree Panorama http://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/ travel wide, live deep Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:45:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-887514 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:19:37 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-887514 @Barry: Deal. I’ll need before and after photos :)

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By: Barry - Worldly Nomadshttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-886372 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:52:52 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-886372 @Daniel: Mmmm, it does sound kind of fun, almost persuaded to give it another go! Next year we’re heading to Japan, Myanmar and India, so I could be in for some varying styles there! IF I do get a haircut, I will hold you responsible for the outcome!

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-886360 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:47:44 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-886360 @Barry: If Audrey and I did team haircuts on me, I suspect our marriage would suffer. Visits to barber shops on the road…all about the experience and story. They’re also a fascinating window on culture and a source of funny travel stories, most of which may not even have to do with the haircut. Happy travels!

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By: Barry - Worldly Nomadshttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-886356 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:43:28 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-886356 I know I’m waaaay late on commenting on this post, but serious respect for getting a cut there! Whenever I travel I always cut my own hair, it’s much easier than you might think! Except the back of your head, that bit gets tricky and I usually get Laura to do that bit…we almost never have an argument…almost.

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3374 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:46:28 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3374 Thanks everyone for the compliments on the panorama shot. More coming.

@Dave and Deb: I don’t think I’m daring and courageous enough to have Audrey take to my head with clippers. Good on you for making the haircut a family affair.

@jen: I’m a fan of the under-appreciated…and that includes barber shops.

@Don: Thanks for the thoughtful memory. “Sideburns?” Always a crucial question. And I remember those elevator boards. The powder (the stuff in the green metal can), and the blue antiseptic juice for the combs, too.

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By: Donhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3313 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 14:39:05 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3313 Prompted by this photo and article, I returned recently to the spot of fond childhood memories, the barbershop. Gone was the half draped, large plate glass window and the striped pole. The darkened window, now home to a ceramic shop whose heyday was long past, was cluttered with dusty figurines; a striking contrast to the bustling activity of its predecessor, more than a half century before.

Barney and Andy were its proprietors. Brothers Italiano or perhaps Siciliano, they clipped, snipped and shaved their way to perfection. Oversized mirrors graced the walls of the shop. Worn linoleum covered the floors. Mismatched chrome and wooden chairs and a lone, well worn leather couch made their way around the perimeter. Chatter filled the air.

Equipped with a not so good but passing report card and a religious holy card for this achievement, the barbershop was my first stop on the last day of school. I ordered a “porky” in preparation for the long summer
vacation. This style, requiring that only about a half inch of hair remain, needed only the electric clipper. Fast and efficient, I was ready to go in about five minutes.

The introduction to the barbering process began years earlier. Too small to reach a satisfactory height, I was placed on a well worn, shiny board that straddled the arms of the overstuffed barber chair. Next came the
covering sheet. With a few pumps on the long handle that brought the hydraulic chair to the desired height, we were ready to go. All of this was happening under the watchful eye of my reassuring father. At the conclusion the sheet was removed, a large powdered brush dusted the back of the neck, a few drops of hair oil were applied and the finish produced a slick, combed look. Wow!

Several years later a right of passage began with a removal of the board. Subsequently when the barber asked my father – sideburns, George? – and he nodded affirmatively, I felt that first step away from childhood. Sideburns, those sculpted spots around the ear required shaving and the use of after shave; refreshing but burny. Yikes. What then seemed like nothing more than the removal of a few locks obviously left profound impressions. From dusty statues to some of the fondest childhood memories in an instant.

Thanks, Barney and Andy.

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By: Mandinohttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3290 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 04:53:05 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3290 ahh, that is a panormic shot? I’m quite a newbie photos but would really love to know more about this culture… I could add this new culture in my Baraaza so I can also share this with my friends! :) hehehe That is where we collaborate on all our travels… I only carry a basic camera but looking forward to buy a new cool one… :)

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By: Agnehttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3285 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:56:35 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3285 Wow! I got even dizzy watching at your panoramic photo! :) Very cool indeed!!! Love it!

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By: jen lacedahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3283 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 17:22:48 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3283 Ah, the classic haircut! Never has anyone make it sound so special, until now! Love that panorama shot!

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By: Dave and Debhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/barber-of-leon-360-degree-panorama/#comment-3282 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:57:07 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=1904#comment-3282 Love that panorama shot. Awesome. It is true, there is no place like the old style barber shop, it really gives you a feel of the community. I always seem to cut Dave’s hair on the road, but I think we will have to frequent them more often.

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