Midsummer Mood

In Ed Massey's barbershop at 3306 Main Street, Kansas City, a big, muscular man, generously daubed with powder and witch hazel, eased himself out of a barber's chair. He had just had a haircut, shave, shampoo, scalp massage and shoe shine—"the works." Time was when the big man, a steamfitter by trade, would have thought it mad folly to come to Ed Massey's for anything but a haircut. But last week his pay envelope held $140, and he now frankly enjoyed these little male luxuries—everything except a manicure.

He handed Ed a...

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