Business, Newspaper Articles, North Carolina, Paternal Kin

What is Anti-Kink?



Goldsboro Weekly Argus, 5 April 1900.

Mercifully, I didn’t find a single relative of mine among folk giving testimonials for Smith’s Anti-Kink. (However, on a very different note, Dr. Joseph H. Ward, son of Napoleon Hagans and first cousin of my great-great-great-grandmother Louvicey Artis Aldridge, was the personal physician to Madame C. J. Walker, pioneer of the modern cosmetics industry. See A’Lelia Bundles’ engaging On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker for details of Walker and Ward’s relationship.)

Maternal Kin, Paternal Kin, Photographs, Vocation

Where we worked: barbers and hairdressers.

Lon W. Colvert, Statesville NC – owned and operated L.W. Colvert Barbershop, 1900s-1920s.

James N. Guess Sr., Goldsboro NC – owned and operated barber shop, 1900s-1950s; 114 Walnut East, circa 1906; 120 Walnut East, 1912.

H. Golar Tomlin, Statesville NC – barber in brother’s shop, 1910s.

Charles H. Henderson, Richmond VA – barber, 1910s-1920s.

Roderick Taylor Sr., Wilson NC – barber, 1910s-1947; Paragon Shaving Parlor, 1916; Tate & Hines Barbershop, New Briggs Hotel, Nash Street, 1917; Hines Barbershop, Nash Street.

Ernest Smith, Goldsboro NC – worked in uncle’s barber shop, circa 1917.

Golar Colvert Bradshaw, Statesville NC – Poro agent, 1920s.

John W. Colvert II, Statesville NC – barber, 1920s-1937.

Blanchard K. Aldridge, Fremont NC – barber, 1920s-1965.

Freeman Ennis, Wilson NC – bootblack, barber shop, circa 1930.

Julia Allen Maclin, Newport News VA – owned and operated hairdressing shop, 1940s-1970s.

Ardeanur Smith Hart, Columbus OH — hairdresser, 1940s?-1980s?


The third in an occasional series exploring the ways in which my kinfolk made their livings in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

POSTSCRIPT, 1/21/2014: This brief history focuses on an earlier period, but provides useful insight into the role of African-American barbers.