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Burt
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Posted - 05/20/2017 :  2:19:57 PM  Show Profile  REPLY

Elaine Anderson talking about WW2 letters to Easton soldiers and sale of book...



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eastonmom2girls
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Posted - 05/20/2017 :  3:28:36 PM  Show Profile  REPLY
See me on Sunday's or be sure to mention my name
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Awesome idea. Good job!

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JoJo
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Posted - 05/20/2017 :  6:27:54 PM  Show Profile  REPLY

Interesting podcast Burt, I wonder why it took 3 days to get a haircut back then?
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Burt
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Posted - 05/20/2017 :  6:33:06 PM  Show Profile  REPLY

quote:
Originally posted by JoJo

Interesting podcast Burt, I wonder why it took 3 days to get a haircut back then?


I'll take a guess here...

When the war ended in 1947, soldiers came back to the US in droves creating a backlog at the local barber shops.

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MeredithCo
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Posted - 05/22/2017 :  09:32:49 AM  Show Profile  REPLY

Typo I think. The war ended in 1945, not 1947.
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Peter5
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Posted - 05/22/2017 :  10:56:23 AM  Show Profile  REPLY

If 25% of the male population was enlisted then it would have been a tough time to be a barber.

My guess is that if it was customary for males to cut males' hair then most of the barbers were probably either enlisted or had found more lucrative wartime employment.
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MeredithCo
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Posted - 05/22/2017 :  11:26:12 AM  Show Profile  REPLY
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It probably had already been a bad time for barbers as the Great Depression preceeded it , 1929 to early 40s. Everyone in my family was cutting their own hair, growing food and they were better off than most people since they still had jobs.
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toto
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Posted - 05/22/2017 :  12:48:26 PM  Show Profile  REPLY
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MeredithCo

In those days your family was probably considered "well off" although it was still a struggle for them. People really appreciated everything in those days. It didn't come easy. We had a lot of families with no fathers, hungry kids, very little warm clothing, and sadly a lot of alcoholics.
Today, we are very fortunate to live in this great country.
Also, most women knew how to cut hair for husbands and kids. Most haircuts looked like someone put a bowl on your head and cut around it.
Nobody critiqued the haircut because everyone looked the same.
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MeredithCo
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Posted - 05/23/2017 :  5:16:52 PM  Show Profile  REPLY

Well said Toto.

My great grandparents, though better off than many had to take in borders during the Depression. Many unfortunate people were traveling the country as itinerant workers.

For different reasons there was alcoholism pervasive in families then. As you said, times were difficult and some turned to alcohol. In one branch of my family , they came from a very strict social structure in an isolated village in Europe where drinking was generally forbidden. My great uncle who achieved business success here , could not handle the less strict social structure , and drank and gambled his fortune away. On my other branch, the drinkers ruined families but the others who stayed strong succeeded.
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