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Object Name Chair
Catalog Number 2005.16.7
Maker Theo A. Kochs
Date ca. 1935
Material(s) metal, leather, rubber
Dimensions H-50 W-28 D-35 inches
Description This barbershop chair has an upholstered back and seat. The back is tan and the seat is black. There is a metal foot rest and extender in a filigree design with the company name on it. The chair swivels and reclines. The base has a black ring around the edge and there is an adjustable headrest. The armrests have black covers.
Notes This item is from an African American barber/ tailor shop run by Edward and Amy Hamilton in Louisville, Kentucky from the 1930s through the 1960s. It was located on Walnut Street close to Sixth Street. The shop started out as a cleaning and tailoring business that was run by Ed Hamilton. a World War I veteran. Sometime in the 1940s a beauty shop operated by Amy Jane Hamilton was added to the business. The original name of the business was "Your Shop" and later it was changed to "Your Valet Shop." Their son is Ed Hamilton Jr., noted Louisville sculptor who among other projects created the "Spirit of Freedom Statue" that is located Washington, D.C.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Hamilton, Ed
Hamilton, Amy Jane
Subjects African American
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS