This photograph appears to have been taken in early spring given the padded winter clothing, fur hats, young leaves on the trees and weak sunshine. Having one's hair cut out of doors by an itinerant barber was and continues to be the preferred hairdressing option for many men in Beijing. It is low cost and many enjoy the open air setting, particularly as the weather gets warmer after the cold of winter. Hedda Morrison wrote in 'A photographer in Old Peking': 'Shaven heads were common. In Manchu times the front of the head was shaved and the hair on the back of the head was grown into a queue. When queues disappeared after the revolution of 1911, men found it comfortable and convenient to have the whole head shaved'.