C.1890's Cabinet Photograph showing an early Tonsorial Artist of one Jacob Kilthau. The Tonsorial Artist was the original Barbershop Experience.
The traditional barbers pole at that point represented ‘Blood and Bandages’. It originates from the grizzly days when barbers not only cut hair and shaved stubbly chins but also performed tooth extraction, bloodletting and some surgery. A traditional barbers pole has a brass finial representing the bleeding bowl. The bowl would have been kept at the top of the pole when not in use. The washed but still blood stained bandages were hung on the pole to dry. The wind whipped them around the pole giving us the red and white candy stripes we know today.
This is what Jacob Kilthau did for a living. And those blood stained bandages I spoke of,I'm certain Jacob had his share.
4" x 6 inches.
Item ID: 1536