History of a Painting - The Barber Pole

Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

History of a Painting - The Barber Pole.

Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©

You may have seen some of my other Barber related paintings.  I painted the Barber Chair, from a shop I found in Cave Springs, Georgia. This Barber pole was from the same shop.  As you can see on the window, it says "Air Conditioned" and "Hot Shower Bath" .  I was curious about the combination,  because they seemed to be from different eras.  The story, as I was told, It was on a truck route, so they had drivers stop in for a haircut and a bath.  As Air Conditioning became popular, it was also included in the sign.

The Barber Chair and the Barber Pole became popular items, especially at the Cave Spring show and Rome, Georgia show.  Eventually, I painted four paintings, which became one of my sets of 4.  They were the Barber Chair, Barber Pole, Burma Shave Barn and the Barber Tonics.  The set became one of my most popular sets across the country.


 Check out some of my other Paintings and the stories behind them:

Shrimp Boat,....  Hot Air Balloon - Set,....  Los Angeles Theatre,....  Florida Lighthouses set,....  Fire Dog,....  Louis' Lunch,....  Fresh Fruit,....  Bumper Cars,....  Roanoke Weiner Stand,....  Skyline Chili & Weinermobile,....  Fried Green Tomatoes windw,....  Bradford's store,....  Monaco Bay Nightclub,....  milk silo,....  4-Seasons of Outhouses,....  Shrimp Boat,....  Wings for You,....  Texas Tavern,....  Columbia Street Roastery,....  FOX Theatre, Atlanta, The King & I,....  Luigi's Pizza,....  Tilley's Trolley,....  Sixes Road Mill,.... Savannah, GA Carriage,.... Hope Train Depot,....  Jackson Drink Stand,....  Euharlee Covered Bridge - Spring,....  Toy Ferris Wheel,....  Roselawn,....  Sewing Machine,.... Rosie's Diner, 2nd painting,.... Billy Goat Tavern,....    The Varsity - 2nd painting,....  The Varsity,....   Wickers End,....  LaSalle Hotel Rooftop Sign,....  Waffle House,....    Crown Point, IN Jail,....  Roses and the Old,....  Train,....  Norman's,....  Sinclair Gas Pump,....  Wicker Guest House,....  Ted Peter's Smoked Fish,....  Stone Mounain Grist Mill,....  Classic Milk Shake,....  Juke Box Song Selector,....  Thrasher Bros Warehouse,....  Wood & Swank Post Office,....  Restored Truck,....  Brown Barn Texaco,....  Weldy School,....  Broken Swing,....  Chicago Theatre,....  Bonnie Doon Ice Cream, S. Mich. St.,....  Armuchee House,....  The Corner Shelf,....  Loew's Jersey Theatre,....  Marathon Gas Pump,....  Calloway's Round Barn,....  River Street, Savannah, GA,....  Court House, Crown Point, IN,....  Pooles Mill Covered Bridge,....  Steak and Shake,....  The Peanut Shop,....  Hot Diggity Dogs,....  Wrigley Field,.... Piano Through a Window,.... The Coconut Tree,....  Barber Tonics,.... Pelican Diner,.... A & W Drive-in,.... The Lantern,.... The FOX Theatre, Atlanta,...  Tri-Way Outdoor Theatre,...  Rexall Drug Store,...  A Family Homestead,...  The Palace Theatre,...  Angel's Diner,...  Krispy Kreme, Gainsville, Florida,...  Bonnie Doon US31,...  Ross Diner,...  The Gag & Heave,... A&W Root Beer Barrel,...  Bonnie Doon, Lincolnway, Mishawaka, IN,...  Train Depot, Cartersville, GA,...  Dairy Queen,...  Firestone Store,...  The South Shore,...  The Gathering Place,...  4-Way Lunch,...  Mustard and Ketchup,... McDonald's,...  Lost Mountain Store,...   The Big Chicken,...  Euharlee, GA. Covered Bridge,...  Juliette, GA Church,...  Fried Green Tomatoes House,...  Whistle Stop Cafe,...   Whistle Stop Train Depot,...  Tilley Park,...   Jimmy's Hurricane,...   Barber Chair,...  Fire Truck,...   Rosies Diner,... Judge Roy Bean's   


If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County,

St Joseph County, or surrounding areas, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana

or email larry@larry-johnston.com

Comments (21)

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Larry Johnston This set of paintings certainly brings back memories of a simpler time; or so it seemed! Thanks for sharing!

Aug 21, 2015 10:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This reminded me of my childhood in NYC when it wasn't uncommon to still see barber poles. I can't remember when I last saw one, Larry. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Aug 21, 2015 10:22 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Larry. I too thought the combination of Hot Shower and Bath with Airconditing was interesting too. Great job.

Aug 21, 2015 10:23 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I have heard the barber pole is red and white stripped and rotates because barbers were also dentists and they would hang their bloody towels out to dry.

Aug 21, 2015 10:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry, the barber pole is a sight we just don't see anymore, and sure miss it! 

Aug 21, 2015 11:42 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Barbers and their shops used to do massages and be places to hang-out all day

Aug 22, 2015 12:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Larry Johnston,  Love seeing your paintig.  You hve such a grat talet.  Hpe you ave a gat weeend


Aug 22, 2015 01:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Nice painting and story to go with it.  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Aug 22, 2015 03:09 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Larry, Another wonderful work of art created by you. I do like the barber pole. Good story to accompany your painting. 

Aug 22, 2015 04:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Larry- it truly is from a time gone by and I love that you've captured this in your paintings.  

Aug 22, 2015 06:04 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 That painting brings back memories for me I used to go the barber with my dad and he used to give me money for the bubble gum machines. It used to entertain me! Thanks for the memories!

Aug 22, 2015 08:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your paintings and the history behind them.

Aug 22, 2015 08:52 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Your talent amazes me. Keep sharing your art with us, Larry. I sure enjoy looking at them. 

Aug 22, 2015 09:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry excellent job on the painting!  With hair salons taking over there are very few of those barber shop poles around any more.

Aug 22, 2015 10:10 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I remember a barber shop in my hometown too. Lots of memories.

Aug 22, 2015 10:44 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Larry you are a very talented artist and capture the essence of your subjects in great  detail

Aug 22, 2015 12:02 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Larry Johnston 

Love seeing your work and hearing the stories behind them. 

Aug 22, 2015 01:45 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Larry. Love the photo of your painting and the history that you shared. Always wondered, but know I know.

Aug 22, 2015 09:12 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Larry.  I can imagine the times for your painting.  Lots of interesting stories that could be told.

Aug 22, 2015 09:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are enjoying a most productive month.

Thanks for your comments on my blogs.

Aug 23, 2015 02:48 AM

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