Clipped From The Ottawa Journal
26 Tuesday, January 8, 1974 The Ottawa Journal Fr6m 2or youngest barber ever to v'.'work in the House of Commons now owns one of the old-vt barber and halrdresslng hops in Ottawa. ; ' --George J. Goldberg, It, who operates Goldberg's Beauty vSalon on Rideau Street with." hls wife and ona assistant Ir. Manny, bas been in the -lor SS years. . . . . Z -He began bis career at 13 in -pigland in 1918 as a barber shop "boy.". Mr; Goldberg re-It Weinberg sweeping up piles of .; hair and even clearing out the peptic tank behind the shop, li'.Aa a boy, he went to mll j tary Hospitals where wounded vice-presiaent oi ueu uraun. .soldiers were recovering and He arrived at the shop in an Oeut their hair. ''. obvious hurry ona day want-X, He estimates he worked ing a Shave. He usually pa-; yver 100 hours each "week"1- tronized- the older barbers in-vstandiM on a -little box to the shop but they were all on a -3nake him tall enoughs After his second year 1st ork, he received a raise ' . ;the barber shop boy made t 1.25 a week rather than $1. ' .J' H e . progresed to Fleet ;Street, saw the advent of the Eton Bob and watched' ,Cthrongs of long-tressed women 'Shed their hair for fashion's " Sake. . Xi-Then 16, he remembers '-.Irene Castle, - the . American ... dancer and friend of Fred As---.ytairey as -the first woman to - jwear the bob. : "At first I wouldn't do it J bob haircut) " it was so w then it got to be like an ".- epidemic," says Mr. Gold- vberg. -.iJi"In.those days," he con tin- Sues, "only vaudeville was tavailable no movies all " tthe girls imitated leading ladies people came in with- .o ut' appointments" because t there were no telephones." t-iWheo he joined his family in Canada la 1925, Mr. Goldberg " : started work at a Sparks and Elgitt. Street barber ahop. haircuts were only 35 cents . jahd Parliamentary notables': -such as Ernest Lapolnte, men 'minister of Justice; and .Kudoiph Lemieuz, speaker of 'the bouse werejegular cus- - tomers, "t The young, dark-haired bobs to Mr. Golclberg : Silver - J Cold by CAROL DORAN British immigrant was so popular be was asked to be parliamentary barber at the February-July 192S session. ,' During his stay on the Hill, Mr. Goldberg's customers in cluded Sir Arthur Meighan, the prime minister; and the busy. So, Mr. Goldberg -whipped out his special "Paris : '42 razor" and started to work ' on the telephone official's day-' old beard. '. .', v The imported razors differed radically from popular Canadian brands they didn't make any rasping, scraping ! noises. The customer, believing be -was being gyped by the young barber who talked with a decidedly cockney accent, leaped up protesting he wasn't get-. ' ting his money's worth. "" After Mr. Goldberg showed him be really had. received a. shave and a smooth one at that the Bell man adopted him as his regular barber. .. Following his stint at the House, he worked at a ladies' and gents' barber shop on Elgin Street where one. of his best customers was . A. J. Frieman's daughter Dorothy. ; , -- One thing led to another and -soon Mr. Goldberg won her father's respect and became the first barber at Frieman's de- '- partment store. . '- . The young man did the first " permanent wave at the large store and soon built up a large clientele. . "A. J. had never seen bo manypeoplegetting halrcuts in his life," said Mr. Gold- berg. wigs '7 He also remembers watch- ' ing die first demonstration of permanent waving at Hamburg, Germany about 1918. The lengthy process involved -winding the hair tightly around a metal post and steaming it with chemicals.. Everyone at the convention thought the idea was a waste of time and told its inventor to-"go back home." : , The man did, ut later made his fortune doing perms' for about $250 each. , ., "People were frightened of it for a while but within four years, 10 shops in New York ' offered permanent waves as well as tradltUonal marcels," -said Mr. Goldberg. During me 1930s; he "did" ell the hairdos for Gatineau -dub debutantes and theatre group. - . . ' ; His reputation reached such proportions that CTV ; asked Mr. Goldberg's opinion on Prince Charles' haircut "They regarded roe as the leading authority on hair in Canada,"' Mr. Goldberg ' laughs, remembering the tele- -vision show. ' ''- ' Today, he still turns out pro-' fesslonal haircuts for both men and women at his Rideau Street shop. nut tne smau snop is more than a place to have a haircut. to many Ottawa residents. Goldberg's is a tradition the shop's atmosphere is difficult to forget ."" . '.. . .; . Taped violin and piano music can be traced to Mr and Mrs. Goldberg's home. Both, accomplished musicians, they love to share their interests with customers. T ","-".";."" ' ' Pictures of their grandchildren,' "" wedding,- graduations and memorable events are stored in the tiny shop just waiting for a chance to be . shown. . Mr. and Mrs. Goldberg have Jed active .lives slowing down just a little in recent years. Besides halrdresslng, music and religious activities are their main concerns, j We keep very, very hiisy," said Mrs. Goldberg. . - homosex-.