Jack's Barbershop is one of the oldest traditional barber shops in Eugene, Ore. Proprietor Dan Spencer, the shop's only employee, has operated the shop since 1982.

Barber Dan Spencer shares a laugh with longtime customer Matt Rice. Spencer almost always has a witty remark at hand, and his high laugh can be heard throughout the day.

Barber Dan Spencer shares a laugh with longtime customer Matt Rice. Spencer almost always has a witty remark at hand, and his high laugh can be heard throughout the day.

Dan Spencer guides his old-style clippers up customer Matt Rice's neck. Spencer says the back of the neck is the easiest way to tell the difference between a haircut done by a barber and one done by a beautician.

Spencer guides his old-style clippers up customer Matt Rice's neck. He says the back of the neck is the easiest way to tell the difference between a haircut done by a barber and one done by a beautician.

Dan Spencer sits down to a quick lunch while "The Sandlot" plays on the television. Spencer's lunch of fried chicken and coffee takes up no more than 15 minutes of his 10 hour day at the shop.

Spencer sits down to a quick lunch while "The Sandlot" plays on the television. His lunch of fried chicken and coffee takes up no more than 15 minutes of his 10 hour day at the shop.

At right, Phil Shelly pays barber Dan Spencer $10 for his haircut. Spencer's rate is one of the lowest in Eugene.

At right, Phil Shelly pays Spencer $10 for his haircut. Spencer's rate is one of the lowest in Eugene.

Aaron Bidwell, 4, has his head vacuumed by Dan Spencer at the conclusion of his hair cut. Like most of the equipment in the shop, the vacuum harkens back to before Spencer took over Jack's in 1982.

Aaron Bidwell, 4, has his head vacuumed by Dan Spencer at the conclusion of his hair cut. Like most of the equipment in the shop, the vacuum dates back to before Spencer took over Jack's in 1982.

Dan Spencer's bible rests on his barber shop counter while he attends to customer John Kline. Spencer's religious convictions are very important to him, though he rarely discusses them with customers.

Spencer's bible rests on his barber shop counter while he attends to customer John Kline. Spencer's religious convictions are very important to him, though he rarely discusses them with customers.

Barber Dan Spencer takes some off the top of customer Phil Shelly. Many of Spencer's customers have been returning to his establishment for years.

Spencer takes some off the top of customer Phil Shelly. Many of Spencer's customers have been returning to his establishment for years.

Dan Spencer sits alone in his shop near the end of the day. November has been a slow month for Spencer's shop, slower even than the usual holiday slump he experiences.

Spencer sits alone in his shop near the end of the day. November has been a slow month for Spencer's shop, slower even than the usual holiday slump he experiences.

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