Short back and sides

We are going to open the pages of a brilliant new scrapbook from our Edinburgh Collected website – “The 69 year old story of the history of “Bobs” the famous Family Hairdressing Dynasty”. This scrapbook was put together by Patrick McCole and features an Edinburgh barbers through the years from its opening at 116 West Port right up to 2020 when the then current owner retired.

First Barber Shop-West Port

The barbers opened at 116 West Port by Bronislav (Bob) Malinowski in 1951 with just 3 Barbers chairs. When that shop was due to be demolished as part of redevelopment, they set up business at 13a Brougham Place in 1963. Bob was killed in an accident in 1968, and the business was carried on by his 2 sons Ben and Robin in premises at 99 Lauriston Place and 69 Comely Bank Road. Ben retired from Lauriston Place in 2019 and Robin from Comely Bank in 2020 after 48 years at that location.

Promotional poster for Bob’s

Famous Edinburgh hairdresser Charlie Miller served his apprenticeship in the West Port shop and went on to build up his own hairdressing dynasty.

Take a look at the history of “Bobs” scrapbook, and browse eighty picture memories from the collection.

Maybe you have photographs of places or industries in Edinburgh where you worked that you could share on Edinburgh Collected to help record the city’s past?

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