01-03-2015, 09:51 AM
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I recently posted an old photograph of a brush-maker that my daughter gave me for Christmas, and mentioned having a small collection of vintage, shaving-related ads and prints. Ravi suggested sharing some of them here. I've only got around to scanning or photographing a few so far, but I'll put up what I have.

First below is a woodblock print made after a painting by Frederick Barnard. It depicts a barbershop in London circa 1825. The print was published in an 1875 issue of Harper's Weekly. It measures approximately 16" x 12.5" and is wonderfully detailed. I have two original copies of the full, folded page. I haven't yet been able to find an image of the painting itself.

[Image: Barbershop_zps83531de0.jpg]

Here's a photo of the accompanying text.

[Image: Fifty-Years-Ago_zpsdd77355d.jpg]

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 01-03-2015, 10:00 AM
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Very interesting, Ken.

It seems some things haven't changed much in the intervening years ..

Thank you for sharing.

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 01-03-2015, 10:11 AM
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That's awesome. I love the fact that I'm looking at a nearly 200 year old work of art on a smartphone while sitting at a restaurant. We live in such an amazing combination of the old and the new.

It's like making old-school shaving brushes on a computerized CNC machine using high tech petroleum based composite materials. Just an amazing confluence of the old and the new.

Thanks for sharing!

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 01-03-2015, 10:18 AM
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Here's another. This is a steel engraving by Joel Ballin (1822-1885) after a painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch titled The Street Barber (Rome 1864). Image size of the engraving is about 13 3/4" x 11 1/5".

In the middle of a shave, an old street barber is distracted by a woman in a second story window. The customer, a strapping man with wavy locks and strong features, continues to hold his crooked expression necessary for the barber to accurately shave his face. A young poor boy, standing next to stacked baskets with leafy greens, watches the going’s on and gives the observer a quick smirk in response to the fuss.

[Image: CBBallin-front_zpsd7956dfd.jpg]

[Image: CBBallin-sign_zpsb7b30a53.jpg]

[Image: CBBallin-stukket_zpseb971942.jpg]

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 01-03-2015, 11:08 AM
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Very nice, Ken. Thanks for sharing.

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 01-03-2015, 11:19 AM
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And I love this one.

Note that in each of the three pieces above there is at least one subject looking back at the viewer: an old lady and a dog (under a chair) in the first, the boy in the second, and the young woman along with another dog in the third.

[Image: Don-Quixote-being-shaved_zpsafdc12c6.jpg]

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 01-03-2015, 11:20 AM
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 01-03-2015, 12:50 PM
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Great photos, Ken! Thumbup

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 01-03-2015, 05:32 PM
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Thanks for sharing! I would prefer the barbers look at ME though when getting that blade close to my neck. Biggrin

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 01-03-2015, 05:38 PM
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(01-03-2015, 05:32 PM)Bowhnter Wrote: I would prefer the barbers look at ME though when getting that blade close to my neck. Biggrin

+1

Comical inattention seems to be a fairly common theme in barber-shop related art.

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 01-03-2015, 05:48 PM
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Great pictures Ken! Thank you for sharing.

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 01-03-2015, 06:13 PM
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Those were great
Reading the text accompanying the first illustration offers a connection to a bygone time.

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 01-03-2015, 06:55 PM
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Ken, thanks for sharing. Old-time artwork is quite charming.

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 01-03-2015, 06:57 PM
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These are really wonderful works of art. Thank you for sharing. Really enjoyed seeing them.

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