Oldest world barber – 107 years old – still cuts five days a week for eight hours daily.
His name is Anthony Mancinelli.
He works from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
“People come in and they flip out when they find out how old he is,” says shop owner, Jane Dinezza.
“He never calls in sick,” she adds.
He has all his teeth, takes no daily medication.
Anthony does not wear glasses.
His hands are still steady allowing him to give his customers a great haircut.
He told the New York Times:
“I only go to the doctor because people tell me to, but even he can’t understand it,” he said. “I tell him I have no aches, no pains, no nothing. Nothing hurts me.”
Oldest World Barber – 107 Years – Still Cuts Hair
Work helps him stay busy and he loves that.
He drives to work, cooks his own meals and watches television.
He is a big pro-wrestling fan.
And he is pretty self-sufficient.
He still trims the bushes in his front yard with no help.
He also has a daily ritual – visiting the grave of his wife Carmella before he goes to work.
She died 14 years ago after they had been married for 70 years.
Mancinelli was born in 1911 near Naples, Italy.
In 1919 the Mancinelli family sailed to the United States.
They settled eight miles from New Windsor where Anthony currently lives.
Money was scarce.
His father made a mere $25 a week all of which went to supporting a wife, seven sons and one daughter.
So Anthony decided he wanted to help and started looking for a job.
“My father said, ‘What kind of a job are you going to get?’,” says Mancinelli. “‘Well, I’m going to deliver morning papers, then I’ll deliver afternoon papers, then after that, I’ll see if I can get a job to learn the barber business.’
“I went to the one of the barbershops here, and I asked ‘[the owner] if he would teach me the barber business. He said yes, so I stood with him and I learned the barber business… His name was Joseph Turi.”