Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
A barber is defined as one whose occupation is to cut, dress, groom, style and shave men’s and boys’ hair or beard. Millinocket has had many barbers through the years and the museum has items from some of the early barbershops. An exhibit is being planned to highlight these items and some of the men who were experts at their trade.
A 1940’s newspaper photo shows the interior of John Legassey’s barber shop as it looked in 1912. This shop was located in the Masonic Building, later Emerson’s Drug Store. It shows Alec Smart (in chair), barbers Phil Connors and John Legassey and one other man.
Another 1940’s Millinocket Journal photo shows a 1914 Maxwell car carrying several local barbers. The driver, John Henry “Crook” Mackin is seated beside Walter Trott. Behind the driver is George Morris who also operated the first bowling alleys in Millinocket (Newberry’s/Miller’s Building). The fourth man is Ben Morris (brother of George visiting from California). The men were gathered for the upcoming Labor Day parade. (Copies of both photos can be seen at the museum.)
A highlight of the future exhibit will be Paul Noyes barber chair. To go with the chair is a wooden cabinet where he kept supplies plus several rolls of paper to be used with the chair for sanitary purposes. Through the years a number of shaving related items have been donated to the museum and many will be displayed on shelves or in a display case. Included are razors (one made by the Rolls Razor Co. and one with a bone handle), razor blade sharpeners (yes, men used to sharpen and reuse blades) and razor strops. There are mugs and shaving brushes and electric clippers. There is a brass spittoon, a fixture in old barber shops. With it is a brass shaving brush holder.
A 12” X 15” cardboard sign gives the prices and hours of seven local barbers (no date). Hours were Monday/Tuesday 8 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday 8 AM – noon, Thursday/Friday 8 AM – 8 PM and Saturday 8 AM – 9 PM. Also stated was “Please do not ask us to break these hours.” Haircuts at all seven shops were $.50 for men, $.35 for children while shaves were $.20. There would be “no neck clipping on men.” The seven barbers listed were: W.E. Trott, C.E. Bosse, Tom Blanchard, Paul Noyes, Al Levesque, Wm. Myshrall and John Marino.
Reminder, we are still taking paver orders for summer placement. Contact museum for information and form.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books, $25 for history & $10 for architecture; “No Time for Moss (McKeen) $15.00.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.