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Tarny Colombo (1911 - 1992)


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Tarny Colombo (1911 - 1992)


1. 1930's in front of barber shop on Waltham Street.
2. 1960's with an unidentified customer
3. 1960's view of the shop on Waltham Street
4. 1980's giving a home haircut


Kathy Colombo Corrigan
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Tarny Colombo

Ask anyone who grew up In Maynard in the 1950's, 60's or 70's who gave them their first haircut, the answer would inevitably be Antonio "Tony" Colombo.

Tarny was born August 11, 1911 on Waltham Street in Maynard. He was one of seven brothers. At age 14, he took an apprenticeship with a Finnish barber on Paper Mill Corner ( junction of Parker and Waltham Streets). At age 19 he open his own shop on Waltham Street next to Samuels Studio at 6 Waltham Street. He remained at this location for 42 years when he semi-retired moving his business to his home on Butler Avenue.

A sign in Tarny's Barbershop read "Haircuts $2.50 - Senior Citizens $2.00". On Mondays he would go to Middlesex School in Concord as the resident barber servicing both students and teachers. He did that for 25 years. Sunday mornings he would travel to hospitals, nursing homes and the homes of customers who were unable to come to his shop. Even with a busy work schedule Tarny found time to manage the Italian Social Club, manage the Tutto's Lane Bowling League while sponsoring a team, "Tarny's Trimmers". He was a member of the Maynard Lodge of Elks and the Maynard Senior Citizens Club.

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Photo copies

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Two 8 x 10 in; two 5 x 5 in.