Barber Shop Equipment
755 East 134th Street
The Koken name started in 1874 with Ernest Koken selling custom-decorated china shaving mugs. Ernest and partner Louis Boppert began making tonsorial chairs and in 1881 the company received a patent for the first Koken chair that reclined for shaving. The first hydraulic-lift chair was patented in 1892.
When Ernest died in 1907 his son, Walter, eventually took over. Walter recruited George Chisholm, a former president of a rival manufacturing concern in 1920. The next 10 years were to be their most prosperous.
This catalog is one of a few that survived that period. These pages include some of the most valuable and classic fixtures of the barber trade.
Items include all kinds of chairs. Not just Barbers' Chairs, there are Beauty Parlor chairs, Hair Bobbin Chairs, Wire and Chiropodists' chairs.
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These were the days of the corner Barber shop where you relaxed, read a magazine while you waited, then stepped up onto that wonderful plush leather, chrome and porcelain throne, to be pampered for a brief time.
You could even smoke if you wanted, there were ash trays built into the arm rests.
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