When I get my hair cut, I have to admit I like to be sitting in a barber shop. A real barber shop complete with barber’s pole and barber’s chairs and not a salon. In today’s Through the Lens I went to JP’s Barber Shop in North Richland Hills, not to get my haircut but to do a story on the owners collection that fills the shop.
Jason Seckman started cutting hair in the army and decided he would go to barber school when he got out and now he has his own shop. Seckman’s grandfather was a barber and had a shop in Oklahoma and that was the inspiration for him to decorate his shop like an old school barber shop.
All along the walls and on every shelf in JP’s shop are little pieces of history. A mixed variety of old barber shop tools and signs. He has about five or six barber’s poles hanging in the shop and a set of four old barber’s chairs that were made in 1955.
His love for baseball is evident with pictures of players and old baseball photos including one poster form the 1919 World Series. One that lives in infamy as the Chicago White Sox threw the series and will forever be know as the Black Sox.
One of the most popular items on the wall is a 50th anniversary advertisement for Red Ryder BB guns. Seckman says all the guys talk about that because they either had one when they were kids or they have seen the movie A Christmas Story.
One thing that I found very interesting was his collection of shaving cream mugs. He told me that back in the day everyone had their own mug that was hand painted with their name and some other decorations. The more decorated it was the more prestigious you were in the community. Their cup would be on the rack in the barbers shop and when they came in the barber would pull their cup down to use and then put it back on the shelf for the next time they came in.
To walk into JP’s Barber Shop is like walking into a museum. It is a neat place to visit step back in time… oh yeah and if you need a shave and haircut you can get that their too. It will cost a little more than two bits though.