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A Black River Falls Barbershop

The interior of a Black River Falls Barbershop with customers in chairs and barbers at work. Numerous mirrors, pictures, and lamps hang from the walls and ceiling. Man in first chair is leaning way back with his face lathered, the part in his wavy hair visible, the barber caught in motion; man in second chair has clean face.


This image is part of a collection of over 6,000 glass plate negatives created by Charles J. Van Schaick. Van Schaick learned the art of photography after moving to Jackson County, Wisconsin. In 1885, he opened a studio in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and served as the town photographer for over 50 years. His work includes both studio portraits and richly varied and intimate snapshots of small-town, Wisconsin life. A portion of his photographic work is represented in Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy.


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Taken on November 15, 2007