Men’s haircuts and the way barbers shape them have not changed a lot during the past century.
Dave Carty knows, because he owns Longview Barber Shop. He is the seventh owner of the location and has the original tools used by the founding barber.
There is a modern look and feel to the main floor of the business. There are a few “older” looking photos and prints hanging on the brick layered walls. According to Carty, those are for show. They are not original.
The really old stuff is kept in the basement for later use.
As he walked down the staircase into the basement, he began talking about how he keeps the “originals” down here until there’s a need to display them.
“So these are the tools of our 1919 owner, Tom Fletcher,” Carty said as he reached into a storage box and pulled out a little history. He unfolded a rust-stained, semi-white cutting cloth. “I’m not sure exactly what year he would have used this, but they don’t make these anymore.”
Carty pulled out four different types of shears.
“These look like clothes cutting shears to me,” he said as he put the scissors in his hand and began working them. They were squeaky, like you would expect when two 100-year-old pieces of rusty iron are rubbed together.
Fletcher’s daughter gave Carty the scissors.
“She had kept those and we had a couple parties and anniversary get-togethers,” said Carty. “She wanted to present those to us.”
According to Carty, 1919 was a big year for Fletcher. He opened the barber shop, became a dad for the first time, and built a new house.
Neither Carty or any of the other barbers on staff will use the original tools on your hair, but Carty will show them to you if you ask.