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Barber Poles... As a barber, you know the importance of having a clear and recognizable sign to attract clients to your shop. A classic barber pole is a perfect choice to signify your craft and draw in potential customers. Our selection of barber poles are designed to stand out and grab attention, with a helix of vibrant colors that are traditionally red, white, and blue in the United States, and red and white in other countries. These poles are available in both stationary and revolving options, with the latter featuring an electric motor for smooth, continuous movement. Who does not LOVE a Barber Pole?

Not only do these poles serve as a practical sign for your shop, but they also add a touch of nostalgia and history to your storefront. With a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, a barber pole is a timeless and iconic symbol of the barbering profession. Upgrade your shop's signage with a classic barber pole and showcase your craft with pride.

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About Barber Poles...

A barber's pole is a type of sign used by barbers to signify the place or shop where they perform their craft. The trade sign is, by a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, a staff or pole with a helix of colored stripes (usually red, white, and blue in the United States; often red and white in other countries). The pole may be stationary or may revolve, often with the aid of an electric motor.

A "barber's pole" with a helical stripe is a familiar sight, and is used as a secondary metaphor to describe objects in many other contexts. For example, if the shaft or tower of a lighthouse has been painted with a helical stripe as a daymark, the lighthouse could be described as having been painted in "barber's pole" colors.

The origin of the red and white barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole. During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top (representing the vessel in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood). The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow.

At the Council of Tours in 1163, the clergy was banned from the practice of surgery. From then, physicians were clearly separated from the surgeons and barbers. Later, the role of the barbers was defined by the College de Saint Come et Saint Damien, established by Jean Pitard in Paris circa 1210, as academic surgeons of the long robe and barber surgeons of the short robe.

After the formation of the United Barber Surgeon's Company in England, a statute required the barber to use a blue and white pole and the surgeon to use a red pole. In France, surgeons used a red pole with a basin attached to identify their offices. Blue often appears on poles in the United States, possibly as an homage to its national colors. Another more fanciful interpretation of these barber pole colors is that red represents arterial blood, blue is symbolic of venous blood, and white depicts the bandage.