Barbershop Board Games

Barbershop Board Games

Get a haircut or play a game of checkers at this long-standing Washington, D.C. establishment. (Roll Call)

Mason’s Barbershop on H Street NE in Washington, D.C. feels like it belongs to a different era. For more than 40 years customers have been coming here for buzz cuts, trims and straight razor shaves.

And on one side of the small storefront, two checker boards may be the most popular attraction of all. At any given time men play furious competitions on the boards, punctuated by good-natured ribbing and joking.

Combining archival photographs and some historical background about the neighborhood along with interviews with barbers and customers (including the shop’s reigning champ,) this short video by Roll Call adds a twist to the often-seen barbershop story.

This video is first in a planned series of occasional “Around the Hill” stories about some of Capitol Hill’s lesser-known attractions.

CHANNEL: Roll Call

Length: 3:17

Produced by Andrew Satter
Photography by Tom Williams
Archive Photos from LOC and Roll Call