December 25, 2012 > The Decoto Barber Shop
The Decoto Barber Shop
By Myrla Raymundo
Haircuts cost 25 cents and shaves were 25 cents. A metal freestanding stove was used for heat, and if one should have to wait his turn, the green painted cane chairs were more comfortable than they appeared. A bathing suit cutie on the wall and the two calendars minus date pages served as art (Edgren Motors, Fremont, Opposite Washington High School) along with the printed sampler (God Bless America). One could browse through some of the l964 and l968 National Geographic magazines, the Ace Hardware Christmas l973 Catalog and assorted issues of Better Homes, Women's Day and Merchants Illustrated magazines.
A broken pendulum clock on the wall added to the impression that time stood still in this barbershop. Furnishings, though utilitarian, were comfortable and the place was clean. If one was really concerned about time he spent waiting, there was a white plastic electric clock hanging over the mirror and it worked.
The building still exists today. However, the barber shop is now gone, a part of history. There are probably some who still remember waiting for their turn while relaxing in the warm, cozy Decoto Barber Shop.