Barbers as historians new museum exhibit


October 11, 2023

Ed Marlow brought some old photos into his barbershop many decades ago. People starting adding to his collection. Even when he changed locations, customers kept bringing them; he pinned them to the wall. “It just mushroomed,” said Marlow. He thinks he has “probably the biggest collection around.”

Some of those historical photographs are displayed in the Skagit County Historical Museum’s new exhibit, “More than Just a Little Off the Top: Barbershop Historians,” which opened Oct. 5.

Marlow was an honored guest Thursday. He greeted old friends, including the son of a man with whom he cut hair. He...

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