Thursday, January 17, 2013

FSO: and weekend reflection: Frozen in time.

Traditionally, the barber's pole were red and blue. When it is turned on, the lines will twirl. I have no idea why this one is black and white.  A hint of reflection on the window.

Barbers also used to be surgeons and perform operations. The barber pole is actually the symbol for the barber/surgeon, blood and bandages.
The modern barber pole originated in the days when bloodletting was one of the principal duties of the barber. The two spiral ribbons painted around the pole represent the two long bandages, one twisted around the arm before bleeding, and the other used to bind is afterward. Originally, when not in use, the pole with a bandage wound around it, so that both might be together when needed, was hung at the door as a sign. But later, for convenience, instead of hanging out the original pole, another one was painted in imitation of it and given a permanent place on the outside of the shop. This was the beginning of the modern barber pole.

January 18: Frozen in TimeThis is your chance to be creative with the theme!



10 comments:

The Artful Diva said...

A barber shop - great idea!

kate sweeten said...

I've never seen a barber pole that looked like that! Great idea :)

Kerry said...

I'm pretty glad that barbers aren't surgeons anymore. But I like it that they kept barber poles! Cool idea Ann.

Pauline said...

Fancy that! Like Kerry I'm glad things have changed!

Jama said...

We still have a few of those old generation barber shops here, but some are already without the pole outside.

'Tsuki said...

Perhaps this barber like car races : its sign looks like a arrival flag... I hope he does rush things with his clients !

Audrey said...

joli coups d oeil

Barb said...

Yeah, that takes me back in time. Good choice.

GingerV said...

Now that is interesting, never gave one moment of thought to the why of the barber pole. great post.

Rebecca said...

Unusual for a barber. It reminds me of the flags used at car races.