Could this strip be inspired from Schulz’s childhood? His father did own a barbershop in Minnesota.
Or taken from his own weekly visits to the barber?
The line Yes, sir, “It pays to look well” is subtle but real. I’ve never had my hair cut during the 1950’s, but that sounds like true old timey barber-speak to me.
From: The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1)
By: Charles M. Schulz
I’m only now starting to dig into Paul Buhle and Noah Van Sciver’s Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed (aka John Chapman) was the original American hipster. He traveled across the United States on foot. He kept a rockin’ beard. And he lived with minimal possessions.
His ideas and legend spread. Not by an instant digital network, but through conversations, tall tales, and the written word.