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Date: 1971-06 

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

Date: 1960-10-16 

Description: Persons attending the 34th annual state convention of the Associated Master Barbers, held at the Madison Holiday Inn, 4402 East Washington Avenue, observe...

Date: 1933-12-28 

Description: Interior view of Kretlow's Barbershop, 109 W. Mifflin Street, with three barbers: left, "Duke" Ahern, center: Burt Bruce, and owner Ray Kretlow, standing n...

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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...

Date: 1961-07-05 

Description: Four barbers dressed in white cut the hair of four men seated in barber chairs. The barbershop, located in the basement of the State Capitol, was owned by...

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...

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Theresa Barber Shop

Date: 1978-02-21 

Description: "Theresa Barber Shop. Jan Reuter carries on the business after the untimely death of her husband, Carl. Her customer is Eric Schaumberg."

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Men at Barber Shop

Date: 1940 

Description: Two men sit in chairs at an American Transporation Company barber shop while barbers clip and comb their hair.

Date: 1976 

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

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Theresa Barber Shop

Date: 1978-02 

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

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College Barber Shop

Date: 2014-09-08 

Description: The last week of business at the College Barber Shop. The owner Larry Cobb is cutting employee Don Fine's hair.

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College Barber Shop

Date: 2014-09-08 

Description: The last week of business at the College Barber Shop. The owner Larry Cobb is cutting employee Don Fine's hair. In the background is a female stylist.

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: 1954-04 

Description: Barber shaving the head of a man in Moon's Barber Shop. The man getting shaved is holding a cigarette and is wearing hip waders rolled down over his knees....

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:  date unknown

Description: A man (Sid?) sitting in a barber's chair is getting a shave while holding a fishing rod with a large cutout of a giant fish caught on the fishing line. On...

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Beauty College

Date:  

Description: A hairdresser is standing behind a customer, who reacts to her new hairdo.

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College Barber Shop

Date: 2014-09-08 

Description: The last week of business at the College Barber Shop. The owner Larry Cobb is cutting employee Don Fine's hair.

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College Barber Shop

Date: 2014-09-08 

Description: The last week of business at the College Barber Shop. The owner Larry Cobb is cutting employee Don Fine's hair.

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.
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