New barber chair headrests!
After so many years of owning my Koken barber chair, I finally bought a new latch mount and two headrests (I wasn't sure if any of these were going to fit).
Before removing the old latch mount, I tested the two headrests — one for a Lincoln barber chair and the other for a Roosevelt barber chair — with the new latch mount made for the Lincoln barber chair.
The Rosevelt is a little loose in the latch mount, but it'll hold.
Neither new headrest fit into the Koken latch mount.
New holes had to be drilled for the new latch mount. When I removed the old latch mount, so much cut hair fell onto the floor and completely covered the inside of the latch mount. I found the spring had fallen away from it's original spot, due to all the hair build up. I cleaned up the old latch mount and put the spring back in its place.
I'll be placing that vintage 1970s Koken barber chair latch mount on eBay this evening, in case someone needs it to repair theirs.
I may put a few other things on there as time permits. :)
Anyway, back to this barber chair. While cleaning up all the shorn hair, I peeked up underneath the chair and found it stamped, "MPLS Public Schools."
With the faux wood paneling as the trim of this Koken chair, I believe this barber chair is from the 1970s. I saw a similar Koken barber chair, but with an extra accessory from 1971. So my question is, why would a Minneapolis school or schools have a barber chair back in the 1970s? Would it have been stored in the nurse's office to shave anyone's head who had lice or another issue?
Or did it sit in the principal's office to be used as punishment, in lieu of, or in addition to, detention?
Or maybe perhaps this barber chair was stored in home economics class, and haircuts given during the week they studied hair styling for either home or future careers?
I have so many questions!