Witch Hazel Barber Bottle with Label Under Glass

Antique Barber Bottles

In the last half of the 19th century, barbers filled their own bottles with hair tonic, hair oil, bay rum, shampoo, and rosewater. The bottles came in distintive colors/shapes so they barber could identify what was in each one of them. Most of them have gold trim around the top of the bottle. These bottles stopped being made after the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act made it illegal to refill non-labeled bottles.

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Some nice barber bottles that belong to Rob & Kath Goodacre:
Barber bottles of Goodacre
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