Two old friends reunited

By Michael Sullivan

The moment he laid eyes on it, Dick Collison knew he'd found an old friend. "This is how I was certain this was the chair I started out with," Collison said, pointing to the shiny white, textured panel on the foot of the chair. "I had to clean that periodically, and it wasn't easy." The porcelain- and nickel-plated barber chair is 72 years old, according to Collison, who started out as a barber at age 17. About a year and a half ago, Collison was told about an old barber chair for sale. "I wasn't really interested at the time, but I went to see it anyway," he said.

"The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it was the exact chair that I had started out with 45 years ago. I purchased it for $250 from the owners of Cannon's Auto Glass, who had bought it at an estate sale several years ago, and put a total of $1,250 into restoring it." Miller's re-upholstered the chair, and Procino Plating nickel-plated the metal parts. Much of the chair is made of porcelain. A similar, unrestored chair is on display in the Seaford Museum.

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