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Roy's Hairdressing Salon, 4 Priory Place, Dover, Kent, England, CT17 9AB, UK

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A narrow front, but with a surprising depth, this is Roy's Barber Shop in Priory Place, Dover. On the left is the Golden Lion public house (a Dover Pub) and on the right is the Dovorian Restaurant; nearby is The Mangle Launderette: all are close to the shopping precinct. Of interest, perhaps, to cruise ship passengers who do not wish to pay onboard prices! @RoysHairDover hairdressers can be followed on twitter and facebook.

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John Latter on November 8, 2012

Roy's is where I get my hair cut! The prices at the time of writing (November 8th, 2012) are:

Gents (Gentlemen) from GBP 8.50

Boys from GBP 7.50

Grades from GBP 7.50

OAPs (Old Age Pensioners) from GBP 6.00

Beard trim from GBP 2.50

Approximate distances to various locations:

Biggin Street Shopping Precinct: 100 yards

Bus Station (adjacent to Pencester Gardens): 160 yards

Town Hall (for Tourist Information): 220 yards

Dover Priory Railway Station (alt. Dover Priory Rail Station, Dover Priory Train Station): 340 yards

Market Square: 350 yards

Dover Beach, Seafront, and Harbour: 700 yards

Roy's Mens Cutting Room also appears in the Autumn Sunset view of Dover Castle from the Golden Lion photo.

An Urban Dover Tourism, Travel, and Destination photo.

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on November 8, 2012

The diagonal red and white stripes painted on the walls on either side of the shop are a reminder of the Barber's Pole, a type of sign used by barbers to signify the place or shop where they perform their craft. The trade sign is, by a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, a staff or pole with a helix of colored stripes (red and white in most countries; usually red, white, and blue in the United States). The pole may be stationary or may revolve, often with the aid of an electric motor.

A "barber's pole" with a helical stripe is a familiar sight, and is used as a secondary metaphor to describe objects in many other contexts. For example, if the shaft or tower of a lighthouse has been painted with a helical stripe as a daymark, the lighthouse could be described as having been painted in "barber's pole" colours (colors).

Origin in Barbering and Surgery

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. During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top (representing the vessel in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood). The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow.

At the Council of Tours in 1163, the clergy was banned from the practice of surgery. From then, physicians were clearly separated from the surgeons and barbers. Later, the role of the barbers was defined by the College de Saint-Côme et Saint-Damien, established by Jean Pitard in Paris circa 1210, as academic surgeons of the long robe and barber surgeons of the short robe.

After the formation of the United Barber Surgeon's Company in England (1540), a statute required the barber to use a blue and white pole and the surgeon to use a red pole. In France, surgeons used a red pole with a basin attached to identify their offices. Blue often appears on poles in the United States, possibly as a homage to its national colors. Another more fanciful interpretation of these barber pole colors is that red represents arterial blood, blue is symbolic of venous blood, and white depicts the bandage.

As early as 1905, use of the poles was reported to be "diminishing" in the United States.

In Forest Grove, Oregon, the "World's Tallest Barber Shop Pole" measures 70 feet (21 m).

The consistent use of this symbol for advertising was analogous to an apothecary's show globe, a US tobacconist's cigar store indian, and a pawn broker's three gold balls.

Barber Pole use in Prostitution

In some parts of Asia, a red, white and blue barber pole is used as a symbol for a brothel. While prostitution is illegal in many parts of Asia, laws against it are often only enforced to the degree that all public solicitations for it are eliminated. The barber's pole is used as a euphemistic way of advertising a brothel, thus reducing the likelihood of police intervention.

In South Korea, barber's poles are used both for actual barbershops and for brothels. Brothels disguised as barbershops, referred to as 이발소 (ilbalso) or 이용실 (iyongsil), are more likely to use two poles next to each other, often spinning in opposite directions, though the use of a single pole for the same reason is also quite common. Actual barbershops, or 미용실 (miyongsil), are more likely to be hair salons; to avoid confusion, they will usually use a pole that shows a picture of a woman with flowing hair on it with the words "hair salon" written on the pole.

Source: Barber's pole (Wikipedia)

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  • Uploaded on November 8, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/11/07 12:20:14
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