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The modern spinning barber pole is very common, but it's rare to see the earlier, static ones. The metal and glass work on this is exquisite. How much did you pay for it again?
- Fact 1: Barber poles originally had a wash basin at the top to store leeches for bloodletting, and a wash basin at the bottom to catch the blood.
- Fact 2: Because medieval barbers were also surgeons who frequently delivered babies, some people believe that barber poles were made to resemble umbilical cords.
- Fact 3: There are many cities in the United States that have local laws requiring the use of a barber pole to designate a barber shop.
- Fact 4: In some parts of Asia, a red, white, and blue barber pole is used as a symbol for a brothel.
- Fact 5: The world's largest barber pole is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, and measures 70 feet high.