If only this line worked now. Unfortunately it doesn’t but it once did. I mainly used it at the Hotel Eutaw Barbershop owned by Mr. Harry Metts. Grandfather owned the Hotel Eutaw and after Mr. Metts cut my hair, I would tell him what my mother had told me to say, “my grandfather will pay you,” and no doubt Grandfather did. Besides, it was only forty-five cents. Not a fortune. I was still a kid and Mr. Metts, who had a two chair barbershop had to put a board across the arms of the barber chair so that my head would stick above the back of the chair.
He turned his razor on and gave me a close crop except for the front which he left a bit longer. That got special treatment with “butch wax” which made my hair stand up in front by about an inch. The height of fashion in that era. I remember hearing something in the barbershop which shocked me. Several men said they did not vote the straight Democratic ticket but voted for the best man. Even at age eight I knew there was something wrong with that statement. Southerners voted Democratic and Democratic only. How could a person think of splitting their ticket?
Mr. Metts also subscribed to a racy publication the Police Gazette. I used to see it in his Hotel Eutaw Barbershop although I never picked it up. That would be bad I just knew. In later years I have flipped through the Police Gazette. It is a publication mainly devoted to stories of attractive young women who have been kidnapped for nefarious purposes. So you can see why a barbershop would have one. It was the only type of porno available. Since I was still a young lad, I hadn’t hit puberty and didn’t think much about girls, not that I thought much about them after I hit puberty but that is another story.