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Emil J. Paidar Barber Chairs

The Emil J Paidar Barber Chair company is based in Chicago, Illinois. The company has been building barber shop chairs since the beginning of the 20th century.


Here’s an interesting story about Paidar barber chairs. For many years, local US companies did pretty well, selling chairs to the more than 100,000 barber shops in the States. But then in 1957, a Japanese company, Osaka’s Takara Belmont Co. arrived in the States and started competing with American manufacturers.

The first models were almost identical to the chairs produced by Emil J. Paidar Co., which was the leading manufacturer at that time. Consequently, Takara made an intelligent move.

The Takara parts are intechangeable with Paidar barber chairs. So if an arm or footrest broke, Takara would just get some spare parts from their distributor network in the US (which are considerably cheaper than original Paidar chair parts).

This story about the Japanese takeover sounds a little bit familiar, doesn’t it? Anyway, Paidar chairs are made with the finest quality (at least most of them). Some of them are really expensive in the second hand market.

Having more than 70% market share in the barber chair business in the 1970’s, Paidar is one of a few barber chair companies left. Takara already acquired the Koken company, which was the first one to start building barber chairs.

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  24. Larry Travaglione

    Hey guys. I have a 1961 Barber Chair in my barber shop. all the parts are intact. the only thing ive had to replace is the pin the is attached at the bottom of the lever on the side of the chair that allows the chair to pump and recline.

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  26. I just purchased a Emil J. Paidar chair at a New Years Day auction, and have been totally unable to find any information about this particular chair. On the bottom of the seat is a paper label marked

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    It has very little in the way of controls – a lever releases the back to recline – there is an adjustable (what I call Double Bun) head rest. Height is adjusted by spinning the chair around, much like old office chairs. And it has a base that looks like an old office chair – the only difference is it is metal painted to look like wood and very heavy and has casters.

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  27. I have a paid our chair how do I find the year it was made not too good at this computer stuff thanks for any help

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