Curiosity got the best of me.

@amadeo (63935)
United States
May 15, 2017 11:56am CST
Good afternoon. Why is barber pole painted in striped red and white. This information I did not know.I thought that the colors we of our flag.Red White,Blue. The information below is from a magazine section from Yankee Clipper. Here is the information that I got. In the year 1461 when London barbers were incorporated . They were the only practicing surgeons and dentists in the city. The symbol was spirally striped pole with white signifying bandages and the red indicating blood. The photo is from this article of Yankee Clipper.
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@marlina (72671)
• Canada
15 May 17
What is the Yankee Clipper?
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@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@marlina The Yankee Clipper is part of the New Hampshire magazine.
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@marlina (72671)
• Canada
15 May 17
@amadeo Thanks for the answer.
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
15 May 17
I had heard that somewhere before.... not sure where, though. Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, I think.
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@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@pgntwo your right.Sweeny Todd .I forgot about that.Thanks.Johnny Depp was the demon?
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
15 May 17
@amadeo I believe so, I have not actually seen the entire film.
• United States
15 May 17
Oh now there is an interesting fact. So the barbers were also the surgeons and dentists?
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@kritis (635)
• India
15 May 17
Reading above I think that they are the one who holds these profession...after they were incorporated
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• United States
15 May 17
@kritis Yes this is what conclusion I got too Kritka.
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@kritis (635)
• India
15 May 17
@TiarasOceanView It seems like our thinking matches atleast for this...
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@kritis (635)
• India
15 May 17
intresting fact..thanks for sharing
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@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@kritis your welcome there.Nice to meet you.
@marguicha (91898)
• Chile
15 May 17
Interesting! Good for you that you shared it.
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@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@marguicha your welcome
@shebish (791)
• Egypt
15 May 17
That is interesting to know .
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• Los Angeles, California
15 May 17
That is correct.
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@michaelehline so are your a barber there.Can you add to this?
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• Los Angeles, California
15 May 17
@amadeo No but my uncle was and he basically told me the same thing. Makes no sense though right? And I cross referenced it here: "The barber pole’s colors are a legacy of a (thankfully) long-gone era when people went to barbers not just for a haircut or shave but also for bloodletting and other medical procedures. "
The barber pole’s colors are a legacy of a (thankfully) long-gone era when people went to barbers not just for a haircut or shave but also f...
@Essjayd (1620)
15 May 17
Bandages and blood? No wonder you see so many old paintings of men with long hair and beards!
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@Essajyd you might be on to somethn.
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@Essjayd (1620)
15 May 17
@amadeo I think between us we may have uncovered the true reason for a historical fashion trend
@Kandae11 (35967)
15 May 17
They might have been better barbers than surgeons.
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@Kandae11 lol you may be right there.
@Basilo (608)
15 May 17
wow, so interesting...I think from you I got to learn something I wouldn't have figured out googling...
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@Basilo I am sure that you could there
@andriaperry (48583)
• United States
15 May 17
Very interesting, I did not know.
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@andriaperry.Same here lof of us did not know about this.
@nomus24g (22184)
• India
15 May 17
being inquisitive helps to learn new things...
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@nomus24g that is for sure.Never stop learning
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@Corbin5 (102964)
• United States
15 May 17
Yes, I remember learning this. Had to be a pretty awful experience to be treated for what ails you by a barber. Yikes!
@amadeo (63935)
• United States
15 May 17
@Corbin5 Yikes is right there.LOL
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@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
17 May 17
My grandpa had told methat but he never told me where he got the infromation from. that always helps
• United States
16 May 17
I thought i heard that before. My husband had an antique barber pole...we gave it to friends - the husband is a part time barber.
@just4him (113098)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 May 17
I didn't know it went back that long ago, but I did know it had to do with dentists.
@tzwrites (4842)
• Romania
16 May 17
Going to the barber was probably like a surgery now, hence the blood and bandages. Imagine those utensils they used to cut your hair...they probably sliced your scalp a few times. Ouch
@spaceseed (2893)
• India
16 May 17
you are a good an interesting fact
@ilocosboy (34311)
• Philippines
16 May 17
Curiosity sometimes gives you the answer just like in thiz case.
@teamfreak16 (40875)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 May 17
I learned something new. Thanks!