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Welcome to Mike's Barber Poles. I've been a barber in my hometown for 45+ years. Here's the story of how Mike's Barber Poles came to be:

I became a barber in 1962 and opened Mike's Barber Shop in 1967.

Several years ago someone stole my original (spinning) barber shop pole outside in front of my business. I started inquiring about replacing it and found that they are pretty expensive.

I designed a barber pole that I can take up and down each night when I close shop. I just use wing nuts. You can do as I do or you can mount it permanently indoors or outdoors.

So here they are. Not only for barbers! They look great in dens, family rooms, bars, boys rooms, game rooms, etc.. Great for dentists and doctors; read the history below…

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  • Joined October 24, 2010

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About

Welcome to Mike's Barber Poles. I've been a barber in my hometown for 45+ years. Here's the story of how Mike's Barber Poles came to be:

I became a barber in 1962 and opened Mike's Barber Shop in 1967.

Several years ago someone stole my original (spinning) barber shop pole outside in front of my business. I started inquiring about replacing it and found that they are pretty expensive.

I designed a barber pole that I can take up and down each night when I close shop. I just use wing nuts. You can do as I do or you can mount it permanently indoors or outdoors.

So here they are. Not only for barbers! They look great in dens, family rooms, bars, boys rooms, game rooms, etc.. Great for dentists and doctors; read the history below.

They are also great out in front of most types of businesses to add some punch to grab attention to potential customers. We have people all over the world that have bought these for barber shops as well as home decor use.

My wife paints these as she's better than me at striping them.

Each one is custom made and hand painted in our garage workshop, therefore, slight variations exist and no two are ever exactly alike.

We can make them distressed and antiqued or not. Custom orders are welcome. If you have a picture of a barber pole you'd like us to custom make for you, we'd be happy to help!

History of Barber Poles;

The history of the barber pole is intertwined with the history of barbers and their bloodletting practices. Patients would tightly grasp a rod or staff tightly so their veins would show, and the barbers would cut open their arms and bleed them until they fainted. Later, when leech therapy became popular (they allowed for more controlled bleeding), leeches were applied directly to the vein areas.

After the procedure, the barbers "washed" the bandages which were hung outside on a pole to dry, and to advertise the therapeutic specialities offered in the barbershop. Flapping in the wind, the long strips of bandages would twist around the pole in the spiral pattern we now associate with barbers.

This early barber pole was simply a wooden post topped by a brass leech basin. Later the basin was replaced by a ball and painted poles of red and white spirals took the place of the pole with the bloodstained bandages, and these poles became permanent outdoor fixtures.

In fact, after the formation of the United Barber Surgeon’s Company in England, barbers were required to display blue and white poles, and surgeons, red ones. In America, however, many of the barber poles were painted red, white and blue.

There are several interpretations for the colors of the barber pole. One is that red represented blood and white, the bandages. Another interpretation says red and blue respectively stood for arterial and venous blood, and white was for the bandages. A third view suggests that the spiral pattern represents a white bandage wrapped around a bloody arm. The (balls) bowls represented the basin of leeches as well as the blood-collection bowl.

Blog; honeystreasures.blogspot.com

Our other shops;

honeystreasures.etsy.com (our handmade furniture and original artwork.)

My wife, Lisa, is also an artist and you can watch her paint LIVE here;
twitch.tv/honeyscolors/profile

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