Monday, April 8, 2013

Frank W. Schneider, First Permanent Waver in Sandusky

An advertisement which appeared in the November 24, 1925 issue of the Sandusky Register stated that Frank W. Schneider, a barber, was the first permanent waver in Sandusky. Mr. Schneider was a licensed "Nestle Lanoil" waver, having established that service in Sandusky in 1923. His shop was the corner of East Monroe and Meigs Street. In 1925, the holiday special for a permanent wave was $10. On December 3, 1970, an article about Frank W. Schneider was in the Sandusky Register. He had been interviewed by the Register women's editor, Sue Shively. Mr. Schneider told the reporter that the way to keep wrinkles away was to dry your face briskly with a Turkish towel every time you washed your face. He  felt that this technique caused new skin cells to be regenerated. He also suggested buffing  fingernails with a brush every day to keep them strong and healthy. Frank W. Schneider told Sue Shively that his first permanent wave machine  was an electrical apparatus which cost $75. 40 heating rods were attached to the customer's head.  He tested the amount of curl of a customer's hair with a "textometer." In 1923, he charged $12.50 for a permanent wave, but prices went down during the great depression. After operating a barber shop for many years, Mr. Schneider later served as the barber for the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie County. On April 6, 1988, Frank W. Schneider passed away at the age of 98. He had been preceded in death by his wife and parents, and was survived by a son, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Schneider were held at the Quick-Park and Nye Funeral Home, burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

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