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Coonskin Haircut

Date: 1955 

Description: Composite photograph of a boy and his barber. The front view shows the boy holding a coonskin cap popularized at the time by the Davy Crockett television p...


Goold's Barber Shop

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Two barbers: Elmer Lee (left) and William Goold (right), stand beside their barber's chairs while an unknown male patron sits in one of the chairs. Reflect...

Date: 1932 

Description: Eddie bartending at The Mansion.

Date: 1976 

Description: "Jan Reuter cuts Philip Zingsheim's hair. Jan's husband, Carl, died an untimely death in 1975."

Historical Essay

Benjamin Butts (1853-1930)

One Man's Journey from Slavery to Madison Business Owner to State Assembly Staff Member

Learn about a freed slave's intriguing story as a barber serving Wisconsin's prominent politicians, and as a well-known, beloved face in the capital city.


Barber Shop

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three barbers stand in the barber shop at the Princess Martha Hotel.

Date: 1971-06 

Description: Barber Mike Godsell sits back and relaxes in his shop.

Date:  date unknown

Description: A studio portrait of a well-dressed, African-American man, identified as H.F. "Frank" Lyons. He is wearing a suit jacket, vest, and necktie. Lyons was the...

Date: 1968 ca.

Description: View of a barber in the West Village taking a nap on the fully reclined shop chair, seen through the shop's front window from the street.

Date: 1874 ca.

Description: A highly decorated barber shop interior, possibly Wellman's, with three barbers and three customers. Two men are about to get shaves. A glass display case,...

Date: 1956-03-12 

Description: Barber Clarence (Hap) Lang discusses basketball with customer Joe Bernhard while Nick Truckenbrodt, Herman Bings, Jerry Lochner, Ray Lueth, and Syl Fasking...

Date: 1934-09-20 

Description: Mr. Dallas Moser, vocational school instructor, points to a customer's hair while students from his barber class look on.

Date: 1933-08-10 

Description: Barbers cut the hair of four children at The Capital Times Kiddie Camp with other barbers and children looking on.

Date: 1952-07-03 

Description: Emelius A. Sorenson, a partner in the Sorenson and Gruenberg Barber Shop at 854 Williamson Street, uses a chair that attaches to the barber chair. He says...


Description: Barber shop with customers and shaving mug rack. African American man is probably Frank Lyons.


Theresa Barber Shop

Date: 1978-02 

Description: "Eric Schaumberg has his 'bangs' cut by barber, Jan Reuter."

Date:  date unknown

Description: Three barbers standing proudly next to empty barber chairs at Herman's Hotel.

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: The interior of a barbershop with customers in chairs and barbers at work. Numerous mirrors, pictures, and lamps hang from the walls and ceiling.


Barber Shop

Date: 1910 ca.

Description: Man posed standing in a barber shop. His barbershop tools and equipment are behind him on a shelf under the two mirrors, in a cabinet on the left, and on t...


Just the Facts

Date: 1962 

Description: During a long strike by United Packinghouse Workers Local 156, the Teamsters union attempted to lure the strikers into their union. To combat that effort,...

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