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NYC museum reveals history of barbershops

Throughout history, barbershops provided a lot more than just haircuts - they were places where stories were passed down.

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2019, 5:15 PM

Updated 1,838 days ago

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Throughout history, barbershops provided a lot more than just haircuts - they were places where stories were passed down.
News 12 visited the NYC Barbershop Museum in Manhattan's Upper West Side and spoke with Arthur Rubinoff, its founder about his favorite memorabilia.
"A lot of people don't know that barbers used to perform minor surgeries back in the days. They used to do bloodletting, minor surgeries such as bullet removals. And a lot of people don't know that barbers do carry history and I think barbering is not just a vocation, I think it's an artistry," says Rubinoff.
The museum features many items including a steamer and sanitizer machine from 1900s, a toddler's chair and one of the first blow dryers from the 1930s.


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