Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tonsorial Cartel Strikes Jamaica Plain

How is it that it took 45 years to go from 35 to 50 cents for a boys' haircut, but a loaf of bread goes up 25 cents in a week today? This is why I cut my own hair.

Boston Daily Globe April 27, 1920

Barbers Raise Prices In Roxbury, Jamaica Plain

Beginning Saturday, haircuts in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Forest Hills are to be 50 cents, shaves 30 cents and children's haircuts 35 cents. More than 1(?) master barbers of those sections, meeting in Columbus Hall, Centre st and Columbus av, last night, voted unanimously in favor of the increase.

A permanent organization, to be known as the Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Forest Hills Master Barbers' Association, was planned. Dominick Scordino of Jamaica Plain was elected temporary chairman; Joseph Rando of Roxbury, clerk and Thomas Sullivan of Jamaica Plain, treasurer.

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