The William Marvy Company of St. Paul: Keeping Barbershops Classic

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Overview
The William Marvy Company's barber poles, encased swirls of red and blue above a rounded stainless-steel base, hang on street corners around the country. The company began creating the vibrant signposts in St. Paul three generations ago. Modern versions of the bloody rags used by surgeon-barbers in the Middle Ages, barber poles are well-known icons, but the Marvy family story is largely unknown. From his humble beginnings as the son of a Latvian émigré carpenter through the growing pains of his namesake company, Marvy showed business acumen and innovation that culminated with his invention of a shatterproof barber pole, ensuring the company's continued success. From crew cuts and the Beatles up through today, barber poles have remained an easily recognized social constant.
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ISBN: 9781626195691
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: Minnesota
Series: Landmarks
Images: 56
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
Curt Brown earned degrees in history and American studies from Macalester College, around the corner from the William Marvy Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, the Associated Press, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and spent twenty-six years at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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