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Bush boy???

Postby nrepole » 04 Mar 2011, 09:05

Hi there

Does anybody know what the occupation of 'Bush boy' entailed? I know that my relative worked in a barber shop around this time, so could it mean he was a 'beard' specialist?????

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Re: Bush boy???

Postby Italysearcher » 04 Mar 2011, 11:11

Bus boy in a restaurant maybe?
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Re: Bush boy???

Postby nrepole » 04 Mar 2011, 21:11

My relative's occupation was 'laborer' in 1920 naturalization paper and 'barber shop' in 1920 census. So I don't know if 'bush boy' relates more to barbershop or laborer duties??? Or something else???
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Re: Bush boy???

Postby johnnyonthespot » 04 Mar 2011, 22:46

Probably not helpful, but there seems to be a jewelry store located at 35 W 30th Street today. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&clien ... 7,,0,-0.18

It should be possible to learn what was at that location in 1917. I find that library reference desks and/or city clerk's offices often have access to that sort of information.
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Re: Bush boy???

Postby nrepole » 05 Mar 2011, 02:18

Wow! Thank you johnnyonthespot.
How good is Google maps! And I appreciate the search tips.

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Re: Bush boy???

Postby liviomoreno » 05 Mar 2011, 07:53

I think that one job needed in a barber shop is Brush Boy...
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Postby Tessa78 » 05 Mar 2011, 23:21

liviomoreno wrote:I think that one job needed in a barber shop is Brush Boy...


Now that sounds like a very logical idea!!! :wink:

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Re: Bush boy???

Postby nrepole » 06 Mar 2011, 05:04

Very well done. Thank you.
I think I have got it. A brush boy probably makes reference to a shoe shine boy, as they were quite common in barbershops in those days. They were equipped with polish and brushes so I think that was his occupation.
Am I right????

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Re: Bush boy???

Postby liviomoreno » 06 Mar 2011, 07:06

Not necessarily shoe shine...
In Italy, after you had an hair cut the brush boy would brush your jacket, close to the neck and to the shoulder, to brush away possible hair...

I remember that the barber would shout "Ragazzo, spazzola!"="Boy, brush" when he had finished. In Italy the brush boy was called ragazzo spazzola, which is the literal translation!
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Re: Bush boy???

Postby nrepole » 06 Mar 2011, 08:00

Mamma mia! Very good information.
I think you are giusto.

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Re: Bush boy???

Postby Irishinamerica » 12 Mar 2011, 05:56

I think that Carmine has the right idea. I'd go to the library and ask to see their historic 'City Directories' - typically these include all businesses and all residents (including the un-listeds).
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