Meet the world’s oldest barber

The world’s oldest barber, 107-year-old Anthony Mancinelli, cuts hair on weekdays in New Windsor, NY. Mancinelli has been cutting hair for 96 years, having started when he was 11. He witnessed World War I as a young Italian boy and served in World War II as an American man. Mancinelli still works full-time, five days a week, from noon-to-8 p.m.

The Guinness World Records was the first to recognize him as the world’s oldest barber in 2007. And since then, the awards and letters have drifted in—a letter from Michelle Obama, a note by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, a positive message from a fellow barber company — all congratulating him on his achievement. Then he has another birthday and breaks the record again. When will he retire? “When the old man comes and gets me,” Mancinelli said, sincere but matter-of-factly.

His New York State Barber license expires on October 31, 2020. If his current health and spryness is any indication of the future, it’s not hard to imagine he’ll probably need to get it renewed before he finally sets down the clippers.

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