History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

09 August, 2013

Wartime Barbering

Hair doesn't stop growing just because there's a war on, after all. 

© IWM (Q 19051)

The barber of the American Submarine Chaser Depot, WWI. Source

© IWM (Q 4029)

A barber of the Black Watch Regiment during the Somme, 1916. Source

© IWM (A 6223)

The ship's barber of the HMS Cochrane, WW2. Source

© IWM (Q 8676)

A haircut amongst the Howitzers, 1918. Source

© IWM (HU 68468)

A civilian barber at a German military camp during manouveres, 1904. Source

© IWM (Q 10549)

Engineer's Camp, Bayencourt, 1918. Source

© IWM (Q 4071)

A barber of the Indian Cavalry, 1916. Source

© IWM (Q 5850)

Barbers of the 2nd Leinsters during the Battle of Ypres, 1917. Source

© IWM (TR 1494)

A RAF barber in the Azores, 1944. Source

© IWM (CL 550)

RAF pilots get haircuts while waiting on standby, France, 1944. Source

© IWM (Q 18770)

The barber's shop aboard the Australian battle cruiser AUSTRALIA, WWI. Source

© IWM (C 88)

RAF barbers in France, 1939. Source

© IWM (BU 11910)

A recently released British POW has his hair cut by a Belgian barber, Tournai, 1945. Source

 © IWM (Q 18036)

A barber's shop in a British battleship, WWI. Source

© IWM (D 27761)

Soldiers of the King's African Rifles at their camp in Kensington Gardens, 1946. Source

© IWM (D 18520)

Soldiers get haircuts at the Glasgow Central Station before returning from leave, 1944. Source

© IWM (Q 18450)

A barber on the deck of an American destroyer, WWI. Source

© IWM (D 26755)

Barbers at an Italian POW camp in England, 1945. Source

© IWM (D 20128)

An American barber on a British beach, 1944. Source

 © IWM (E(AUS) 29)

A barber in billets behind the lines at the Somme, 1916. Source

© IWM (Q 10536)

A barber's shop interior, WWI. Source

US National Archives

American soldiers using a Japanese barber chair, 1945. Source

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