Saturday Morning Beard Fact

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July 16, 2016



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With the re-emergence of the beard, the old argument about beard bacteria also resurfaced, and in 1961, in a move reminiscent of the 1902 New York dairy ban on beards, the City of London issued new meat regulations:

At Smithfield Market … the chief Meat Inspector invited all bearded meat porters to his office and explained that Regulation 8 required a person who engages in the handling of food while so occupied to take all such steps as may be reasonably necessary to protect the food from risk of contamination … It is gratifying to note that only one beard now survives, and it is hoped the influence of his colleagues will induce the wearer to follow their example.

Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards by Lucinda Hawksley, National Portrait Gallery




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