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    Sign and pole - font not quite right, feels too 'Sports jacket'

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    • Scott

      The history of the barber's pole is as intertwined with the history of the barber-surgeons as the red and white stripes that adorn it. Barber-surgeons were medical practitioners who provided a wide...

    • The Greenwood Laughs

      Barbers Pole. London. In medieval times barbers were also surgeons - the red and white pole represented blood and skin. Since the majority of the populace were illiterate the sign showed that they could have surgery there - boils lanced, limbs amputated. The hygiene standards were of a minimum, but people didn't really mind, as the rate of survival was about the same as with doctors but the treatment far less expensive.

    • Jessica Hazel

      The barber-surgeon’s tasks ranged from picking lice, trimming or shaving beards, and cutting hair to extracting teeth, performing minor surgical procedures and bloodletting. The original barber’s pole has a brass ball at its top, representing the vessel in which leeches were kept and/or received the patient’s blood. The pole itself represents the rod which the patient held tightly during the bloodletting procedure to show the barber where the veins were located and the bloody and clean bandages.

    • Clare Gibson

      The history and symbolism of the barber's pole. (thechirurgeonsapprentice.com)

    • Andrew Thomas Thrash

      "A History of the Barber’s Pole", by The Chirurgeon's Apprentice

    • Aki Yamaguchi

      A History of the Barber’s Pole

    • marionvandenburg

      barber's pole

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