Facial hair has often been viewed as subversive. In the mid-nineteenth century the Manchester Courier announced: ‘Since the late insurrection and massacre at Naples it is unsafe for anyman who wears his beards and mustachios to walk the streets of … Continue reading →
In 1932, when competition for jobs was higher then it had ever been in living memory, and toeing the line was back with a vengeance, the author Warren C. Graham published How to Get a Job During a Depression, which … Continue reading →
The death knell for the British beard and whiskers was finally tolled during the First World War when it was discovered that the seals on gas masks would not work on hairy faces. Men could wear moustaches with pride (provided … Continue reading →
In 1910, Virginia Woolf was the sole woman in a group of pranksters who decided to disguise themselves as the Prince of Abyssinia and his entourage. The elaborate practical joke involved faking an official telegram to the Royal Navy announcing … Continue reading →
In 1907 a French scientist ran an unusual experiment. He approached bearded and beardless men on the streets of Paris and asked each of them to kiss his female assistant. Before each kiss, the women’s lips were cleaned with antiseptic. … Continue reading →
Scientific advances had been made about bacteria and its role in illness and infection, so new rules of hygene needed to be imposed. In 1898 new public baths had opened in London, and the St Pancras medical officer’s report included … Continue reading →
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