Antique Barber Poles
I’m seeking clarification regarding whether antique barber poles are eligible candidates.
On one hand, Barber poles do signify a generic business.
On the other hand, the use of the barber poles has centuries of history behind it going back to the Middle Ages, and the poles themselves are becoming less and less common. I’ve only seen a handful of them in the last decade. They are an advertising convention that is dying out, kind of like the “cigar store indian,” and people are more likely to encounter them watching old films than in real life.
Lacking other clarification, my current inclination is to try my luck, write a good description and supporting statement and see what happens.