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December 9, 2017

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The Crimean War marked the beginning of the most prolific age of facial hair that Britain had seen for centuries.The War, which began for Britain in 1854, was fought in a climate that was often bitterly cold, meaning that many of the soldiers craved as much facial hair as possible to keep their faces from freezing. Even when seasons grew warmer, many of the soldiers were unable to shave because of the difficulty and expense of getting  hold of razors and shaving soap.

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

 

 

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