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Participants in a barber course at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 go through the basics of trimming technique.
Participants in a barber course at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 go through the basics of trimming technique. (Gene Bane/Stars and Stripes)
Participants in a barber course at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 go through the basics of trimming technique.
Participants in a barber course at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 go through the basics of trimming technique. (Gene Bane/Stars and Stripes)
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A test subject in a hair-cutting class at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 finds that there's a learning curve for parents taking the course.
A test subject in a hair-cutting class at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1959 finds that there's a learning curve for parents taking the course. (Gene Bane/Stars and Stripes)
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A unique experiment in adult education is thriving these days at Wiesbaden's Lindsey Air Station, where scores of mothers and fathers are mastering (well, trying to master) the art of cutting their sons' hair.

The program was thought up by Bill Black, USAFE education and library services officer, who was astonished by the eager response. At the Saturday morning classes, professional German barbers initiate the parents into the unexpected intricacies of cropping boy's tops "burr-style," which means leaving a more or less uniform fuzz all over; and it's not as easy as it looks.

How do the kids feel about this? These pictures, by Stars and Stripes photographer Gene Bane, indicate that haircuts are no fun, no matter who clips.

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