How to Buy or Sell — Barber Poles and Barber Collectibles
The barber pole is said to have been made to represent the blood-soaked rags wrapped around the pole in earlier days. The red-and-white-striped pole has been a symbol of the pharmacist or barber since the eighteenth century. Old barber poles are now considered folk art. Information about selling and repair can be found in the Folk Art section.
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