Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection
Call number of Original
PH 21 MAR 1990
Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Format of Original
35mm gelatin silver negatives
Views of the Columbia Barber Shop, 609 Congress Street, with owner Danny Mardigian. He began was a barber in 1936, working in the Libby Building (Congress Square). From 1954 to 1961, the barber shop was in the Columbia Hotel at 645 Congress Street (the hotel later became The Portlander), and from 1961-1999 the shop was in the same building as the State Theatre.
Mardigian was an Armenian immigrant, arriving in Portland in 1922. He famously played the violin in the shop, and performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra from 1929-1946. The business closed In 1999, after Mardigian passed away at age 93.
Photo at left published in the Portland Press Herald, on 21 March 1990
"Columbia Barber Shop, 1990" (1990). Businesses & Buildings - Portland Press Herald Still Film Negatives. 700.
Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, West End, Congress Street, Businesses