During medieval times, barbers were full service: they cut hair, performed surgery, blood let to cure diseases and extracted teeth. The red, white and blue pole represents these skills. Through the 1960s, the spinning barber pole was an iconic symbol. Today, in small towns like Hayward, Wisconsin, it is a quaint storefront reminder of a bygone era. Grey’s Barber Shop claims to have been cutting hair for over 120 years.