The Barber Shop 1940'S
barber was Lloyd Newsom, who
opened a barbershop in 1915 next to Pop Calkins' Coffee Shop. (There is a picture of Mr. Newsom's shop in the
main museum building (Historical Museum) in the "Town Development" display).
This Particular building was built in the late 1920’s, moved to the
main street in early 1930’s; an addition was added onto this building in the late 1930’s.
Stella Rimbey operated a ladies wear in this building. There was also
a hair salon operated from this building at one time.
Although Mr. Tom Spinks trained as a barber in Toronto and spent
twelve years practicing his trade across Alberta and Saskatchewan, he came to the Rimbey area to try his hand at
farming. He operated a farm west of Rimbey for twenty-five years before returning to barbering. In 1945 he sold
his farm and moved to Sexsmith, where he worked as a barber for two years.
and Mrs. Tom Spinks returned to Rimbey in 1947 they took over this building. The front room was Tom’s Barber
Shop and the back room was their living quarters.
Tom's shop was an entertaining place to go: in addition to a haircut
and a good story from the barber, patrons might have the opportunity to hear a tune or two! Tom kept his fiddle
in his shop and would play it while waiting for customers. Mr. Spinks barbered in this building until he retired
in 1969 at the age of 82.
In 1978, Neville Roper, then owner of this building (the Barber Shop)
donated it to the park and it was moved onto the present site. At a later date his family donated some of Mr.
Spink’s equipment including the barber chair.
In the front room, on the counter near the large copper water jug is a
razor holder. This wooden stand had a metal clamp to hold a straight razor and a ring on which to hang
the leather strop used to sharpen it. The copper jug was fitted with a tap, to be used in place of a sink in a building without running
If you think shaving with a modern razor is difficult, imagine shaving
with a straight
razor which was no more that a very sharp
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