Haircuts: Ivy League Versus Beatles

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Last night the CBS evening news did a story on Joe Brown of Pensacola, FL, who is still a hardworking barber at the age of 98. Patrons were asked, as they should have been, whether they feel safe in the hands of a nearly century-old tonsorian, especially when he breaks out the straight razor. But apparently his skills are still sharp and he gives a good cut.

Mr. Brown said that the low point in his very long career was when the Beatles became the rage and hair styles — along with pretty much everything else — began to change.

And so we present the above photo, alerted to us by ever-faithful reader “OldSchool,” as an illustration of the battle between Ivy and Beatles haircuts. I wonder which side won? — CC

15 Comments on "Haircuts: Ivy League Versus Beatles"

  1. Give me a Peter Gunn cut,thanks.

  2. I always wear a crew cut and I absolutely love The Beatles, so there’s no controversy here for me. :-)

  3. Reactionary Trad | April 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm |

    Theme from Peter Gunn:

  4. Can’t claim to have patronized a 98-year old barber, but until two years ago I had the pleasure of getting trimmed by a gentleman who operated his shop in the same spot from 1963 until 2010. And he’d cut hair in someone else’s shop for several years before that, so he had at least 50 years behind a barber’s chair.

    Frank was a pleasure to talk with; always had something interesting to say and really seemed to enjoy his work. I doubt he made a lot of money but he made enough to meet his needs and therefore had what many people lack: “enough”.

    He decided to retire when a 40-something woman barber came to town and made him the proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse. She’s OK, but as OK as Frank.

  5. Johnny Unitas!!!

  6. Most “traditional” barber shops don’t know what to do except ask you what number you want on the clippers and buzzing away (probably using the wrong number) for 10 minutes. They’re traditional in the sense that they are as bad now as they likely were then, except then we didn’t know better.

  7. Reactionary Trad | April 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm |

    Traditional barbers cater to gentlemen, not narcissists.

  8. @RT

    We need to give you a soapbox. How about writing an essay called “As I see it: the world according to Reacionary Trad.”

  9. You need to go to a better barber, dwdry. I’ve been to some so-so ones, but I don’t go back. I’m happy to have a skilled octogenarian as my barber, but am worried about what to do when he retires—or dies.

  10. Does there really have to be a line in the sand between an appreciation for striped ties and the Beatles? Why does everyone around here insist on such hard line, imaginary, mutual exclusivity?

    Seems to me that getting in a lather about “Beatles haircuts” is pretty much admitting that “Ivy Style” is about being a stuffy old bastard.

  11. “Does there really have to be a line in the sand between an appreciation for striped ties and the Beatles? Why does everyone around here insist on such hard line, imaginary, mutual exclusivity?

    Seems to me that getting in a lather about “Beatles haircuts” is pretty much admitting that “Ivy Style” is about being a stuffy old bastard.”

    You’ve summed up 99% of the neo-prep/ivy blogosphere in one paragraph friend.

    And it aint pretty.

  12. Vern Trotter | April 15, 2014 at 11:00 am |

    For the past 15 years I have had, in my opinion, the best barber in New York: Eddy, at 34th Street & First Avenue in Manhattan.

    No appointments. Tell him I sent you.

  13. Peter Gunn…yes!

    My wife and I have just finished watching all of the episodes, and I noticed his great haircut early on.

  14. What is a D.J. Contour and a Disc Jockey?

  15. karl Anilin | January 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm |

    Peter Gunn—–hip, timeless, sophisticated cool!!!!!!
    RIP Craig Stevens
    RIP Blake Edwards
    RIP Herschel Bernardi

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