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Old 05-01-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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In 1948...
  • Harry Truman was President
  • Milk was 85 cents a gallon
  • Lefty Meeks was the barber in Cass, WV
In 2008, only one of the above is still true.

Read the story (broken link) in the Pocahontas Times.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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What a treat Snorpus...after all the sad news this week...and an observation...that barber chair covered with avacado green nagahide...thoses nagas went out with shag carpet...and shaving with a straight razor?...Wheeling Barber College's test was to shave a balloon without nicking it...remember 2 friends going there...one still cuts a head or two.

What a great story about a real Wv hero...I've never met a left handed barber...never even heard of one until today...I'll bet his business picks up significantly....
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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Naugahyde is soooo old school! Fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview, Moon hubcaps, Lake pipes and naga.

I gotta get a haircut from Lefty, next time I'm in Cass. I've seen the shop, but never realized he went back that far. A genuine piece of WV history.

I have had my hair cut at the Wheeling Barber College. On our once every couple of months trips to the big city, my parents would make a point of having my hair cut there. I think the students followed their instructions better than our local barber, don't want none of that Beatles hair-in-your-eyes look in Wetzel County.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:54 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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While there get a pic & post it here!!
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the corrections...I was in a hurry to mow the grass...there was so much in that article...that reporter could win a prize for that story...88? how many heads in that career? guesstimate...100,000 to 120,000

I'm going to re-read that article and send it to some friends...
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Old 05-02-2008, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Cool story, snorpus!

True story-
When we relocated from Berkeley to Harrison County this winter, the first order of business for my son and me was to ferret out a good barber. My son and I, armed with a few leads from my new co-workers, set out one Saturday morning in search of a pole. We pulled the truck up to the first stop where we were greeted with a hand painted striped pole situated next to 'uni-sex' sign which, incidentally, also advertised manicures and pedicures.. I told my son "that ain't a barber". We never shut off the engine.

We moved on to the second but found ourselves equally disappointed. This one had ‘wash, cut and blow dry’ on the door. Sorry- we can wash our own hair, thank you very much (and besides when the barber is done with us, we air dry in less than 2 minutes..)

I recalled seeing a small shop down Rt.20 heading towards Nutter Fort when I was looking for housing, so we headed off to investigate. It was now about 10:30a.m. and when we pulled up to the little shack we had to park at the gas station next door. The barbers lot was crammed with cars. The shops only advertisement is the tell-tale pole and a handwritten sign with the hours of operation. We stopped in and there was one chair, manned by an older barber, with about 10 guys waiting their turn.

That was the place all right. I grabbed a 6 month old issue of Guns and Ammo and my son picked up Golf Digest (or something equally bizaare for a 9 year old) and we nestled in for the wait. Sure, it took a long time to be seated but it was well worth it. Even my son had to agree (if only by his smile) when the baber trimmed his neck and ears with the straight razor. Three weeks later we arrived back at the same spot, this time around 7:30a.m., ready to clean up our high and tights.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:10 PM
 
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My Great Uncle is Lefty Meeks. His sister, Maude Geiger was my Great Grandmother. Some of the best times of my life were spent in Stony Bottom and Cass, WV at Uncle Lefty's Barbershop. Great Memories!!!
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:13 PM
 
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In 1948...[LIST][*]Harry Truman was President[*]Milk was 85 cents a gallon[*]Lefty Meeks was the barber in Cass, WV[/LIST]In 2008, only one of the above is still true.

Read the story (broken link) in the [URL="http://www.pocahontastimes.com/"]Pocahontas Times[/URL].
Thanks for posting. I havent been to Cass, WV since I was a child. Great times and great fun filled memories were spent with my (Great) Uncle Lefty. I still remember the cake walks and he used to walk with me. I am also a lefty as well.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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Naugahyde is soooo old school!
Haven't been to a Naval installation lately have you? It's very much alive and well!
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Cottageville, West Virginia
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Haven't been to a Naval installation lately have you? It's very much alive and well!
And so are Navy barbers!! When a Navy barber asks you, "How do you want it cut?", don't even bother answering. You're gonna leave lookin' just like everyone else!!
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