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Emil J Paidar

Emil J. Paidar

Emil J. Paidar

The Emil J. Paidar Company was based in Chicago, and it manufactured barber chairs from the early 20th century until the 70’s. At one point in the company’s existence, it was the nation’s top manufacturer. Emil J. Paidar also made several other barber supplies that are both elegant and consistent with the brand. Among others, they include wall fixtures, barber poles, manicure tables, work cabinets and shoe shining stands.

In the 1930’s, the company struggled to grow due to the country’s economic situation. No matter how hard the times were, it managed to survive and eventually prosper. World War II helped Emil J. Paidar raise revenue through large incoming orders of cartridge cases as well as other war supplies. It became the biggest barber chair manufacturer in the late 1950’s with a seventy percent share of the market.

It was also in 1969 that the struggling St. Louis-based Koken, Incorporated was acquired by Takara Belmont. The purchase included Koken’s patents, trademarks and the brand name itself. Because of this, Takara Belmont became the dominant manufacturer of barber chairs in the US. By 1970, it had already grabbed 70% of the market share, ultimately making Paidar a small competitor.