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The origin of the red and white barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole.

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Antique red and blue striped pole in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. During medieval times, barbers performed surgery ...

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Jun 25, 2014 ... The barber pole's colors are a legacy of a (thankfully) long-gone era when people went to barbers not just for a haircut or shave but also f...

www.bufordbarber.com/bpole.html

History Of The Striped Barber Pole. In the Middle Ages, hair was not the only thing that barbers cut. They also performed surgery, tooth extractions, and ...

www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/10/bloody-history-barber-pole

Oct 23, 2013 ... barber-shop Red and white striped, sometimes with a bit of blue, a barber pole twisting next to a small storefront signifies a place where men ...

www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-lindsey-fitzharris/the-bloody-history-behind-barbers-pole_b_3537716.html

Jul 3, 2013 ... The pole's red and white stripes represent the bloodied bandages, which would be washed and hung to dry on the rod outside the shop.

mentalfloss.com/article/24293/why-are-barber-poles-red-white-and-blue

Jun 13, 2017 ... For much of their early history, barbers did much more than just take a ... The striped poles you see outside barber shops are a legacy of the ...

thechirurgeonsapprentice.com/2010/09/15/surgeons

Sep 15, 2010 ... 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.

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I'm pretty sure the blue stripe is a later "All-American" addition - traditional barber poles are white and red striped only. I've long heard the ...

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Jan 15, 2013 ... When a patriotic blue stripe was added to barber poles in the United States, they became emblems for shops offering men's haircuts and ...