February 5, 1966
Written by Charles Collett
Submitted by: Robert Kingrey
A feature story in this newspaper Thursday told of the barbers of New York trying to improve their image by calling themselves “Hairticians”. Why not? The ladies’ hops call themselves beauticians. Ironton barbers years ago gave their shops fancy names like Classic, Favorite and Opera.
The Adam Ehrlich shop on Third Street, now the Kresge location, improved its image by decorating the walls with art calendars of local business firms. The shop had a large glass window and the pictures from the front could be seen from the sidewalk. Some of the “Gibson Girl” pictures were very risqué and one year Mr. Ehrlich made the mistake of tacking them up to near the front where they could be seen from the sidewalk.
A delegation of ladies from the W.C.T.U. visited the mayor to file a protest. One January the newspaper said, “more than 40 calendars refreshed the walls at the shop and the barbers saw so many dates they couldn’t decide to close shop on Washington’s birthday or Valentine Day. Here’s to the 1966 Hairticians and their “beep-beep” razor blades.