Shave and a haircut — two bits. People could have said it — or sung it — at Schenectady’s Wedgeway Barber Shop in 1912. Prices have changed, but both services are still available at the men’s grooming station on Erie Boulevard. Longtime city barber Richard DiCristofaro is observing the shop’s 100th year in business this year and is also celebrating his 50th year in the barber profession.
Richard DiCristofaro, left, shakes hands with Patsy Gallo shortly after taking over the Wedgeway Barber Shop in 1972. Gallo had owned the shop since 1936. The senior barber remained on the job, but worked just Fridays and Saturdays.
Richard DiCristofaro, back row, center, poses with members of his staff in 1981. Clockwise from upper left are Naum Malavsky, DiCristofaro, Dominic DiNola, Patsy Gallo and Anthony Guerrero.
Joe Cupo, far left, and Louis DeMarco, second from left, prepare for customers at the Wedgeway Barber Shop in Schenectady in 1927.
The razor’s edge is ready at the Wedgeway Barber Shop in 1926. From left are Joe Cupo, then the owner; Al Neboloni (seated); Louis DeMarco; Patsy Gallo; and Joseph Guisto. The shop employed female manicurists — their backs are to the camera and they are not identified.
Richard DiCristofaro, who has worked at Wedgeway since 1962, stands next to the shop’s original cash register. The Erie Boulevard business opened in 1912.