Photographer travels U.S. to chronicle a fading piece of Americana: old-school barbershops

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Photographer travels U.S. to chronicle a fading piece of Americana: old-school barbershops - San Diego Union-Tribune

They all have a look, a smell, a feel. Rob Hammer can tell right away.

Over the past eight years, the Encinitas photographer has crisscrossed the United States, using his camera to document a dwindling slice of Americana: the old-school barbershop.

Staying mostly away from big cities bisected by major highways, he wandered into places with names like Tony’s and Red’s and Honest John’s, places that have been around forever in all their pneumatic-chaired, wood-paneled, stacked-magazine glory.
 
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