Men's facial hair and beard styles

Facial Hair, Dr Alun Withey

In 1843, an article appeared in the New Orleans ‘Picayune’ newspaper, titled ‘Whiskers. Or, a clean shave’. Dwelling on their utility as ‘ornamental appendages to the human face’, the authors sought to discuss how they contributed to the ‘”masculineness” of manhood’. They even – jokingly – referred to an, as yet undeveloped branch of natural sciences; ‘Whiskerology’. Victorian carte d’visit depicting unknown man with HUGE whiskers – recently used in our ‘Age of the Beard’ exhibition Taking a long view of facial hair fashions since the 17 century, it’s broadly true that beards and moustaches began to decline after around 1680, and disappeared completely through...

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