The Facial Hair of a Hundred Years Ago

By David Michael Newstead.

The facial hair of a hundred years ago was like a portrait gallery of old styles and the forgotten empires that created them. In Europe, this was epitomized by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany whose appearance would be ridiculous to modern audiences. From his elaborate uniforms and spiked helmet to his capes and long handlebar moustache, the man was practically a caricature of the past. In contrast, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson – clean-shaven and in a suit – might be seen as a harbinger of things to come. Of course, clean-shaven leaders in suits are now much more common than extravagant monarchs. And while facial hair may not be the best measure of historical changes, it’s sometimes hard to miss.

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BBC: Dali’s moustache intact

Salvador Dalí’s moustache is intact in the “10 past 10” position, the surrealist painter’s foundation has said, a day after his body was exhumed.

“It was like a miracle,” said Narcis Bardalet, who was in charge of embalming Dalí’s body 28 years ago, adding that the hair was also intact.

The body was exhumed in the north-eastern Spanish city of Figueres to settle a paternity case.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Beard

By David Michael Newstead.

If opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn manages to become Prime Minister, he’ll be Britain’s first leader with facial hair since Conservative Harold Macmillan in 1963 and the first with a full beard since Conservative Robert Gascoyne-Cecil in 1902. And although recent electoral success has earned him comparisons to fellow Labour leader Clement Attlee, Corbyn’s work is far from over. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the best facial hair in British political history.