May 14, 2013

The Barbershops of Allentown's Past

I was never a frequent patron, but one of my reoccurring photographic interests was barbershops. Although Allentown now has more barbershops than ever, mine are from a different era. Some of the shops still exist, although the name and clientele has changed. Shown above is the former K&K, on S. 6th Street, still a barbershop. This image was taken in 1996.

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Anonymous said...

I heard of the demise of a more recent Allentown icon.

Any confirmation "Made In Brazil" is out of business?

Arnold Fein said...

Hi Mike,
I remember my 2 barbershops from the early 1940's.One was "Richie's" in an old wooden building on, I believe, 2nd St. just off Hamilton which, I think, was also his home. He charged a dime and gave us kids each a penny back! A second one was "Francis" on the hill on Hamilton St. just below 5th St.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Lov this photo, and the pile of snow outside. Norman Rockwell-ish.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael,
Memories abound. Wally's News Stand right next door to the shop was one of my Freeman's Dairy wholesale customers.
I used to "pop" my head in and chat with the barbers, if my route was running late and they were open....PJF

Anonymous said...

Last time I went to K&K a Oriental barber cut my hair. He did a good job too. I used to go to Eskimo's and to the one across the corner from Seward's on 19th. All good shops. You need more pictures of the old shops, please.

Anonymous said...

My relative, Jerry DeConcini, ran a barber shop on N. 6th street near Turner St and the Morning Call. He was a fixture there from the 1960s to 1980s.

Anonymous said...

As a kid in the '60's I went to a couple of barber shops in Allentown. I remember sneaking peeks at the girlie magazines. One barber I recall was "Bruno" who one night shot and killed his wife. We were in shock, never knowing someone who murdered someone.