Facial Hair

Facial hair is certainly a sign of manliness, beards, moustaches and a mixture of facial trimmings give a man a certain standing but not so good for the fairer sex.

Stephen Foster wrote this poem back in 1864:

Oh! all of you poor single men,
Don’t ever give up in despair,
For there’s always a chance while there’s life
To capture the hearts of the fair,
No matter what may be your age,
You always may cut a fine dash,
You will suit all the girls to a hair
If you’ve only got a moustache,
A moustache, a moustache,
If you’ve only got a moustache.

No matter for manners or style,
No matter for birth or for fame,
All these used to have something to do
With young ladies changing their name,
There’s no reason now to despond,
Or go and do any thing rash,
For you’ll do though you can’t raise a cent,
If you’ll only raise a moustache!
A moustache, a moustache,
If you’ll only raise a moustache.

Your head may be thick as a block,
And empty as any foot-ball,
Oh! your eyes may be green as the grass
Your heart just as hard as a wall.
Yet take the advice that I give,
You’ll soon gain affection and cash,
And will be all the rage with the girls,
If you’ll only get a moustache,
A moustache, a moustache,
If you’ll only get a moustache.

I once was in sorrow and tears
Because I was jilted you know,
So right down to the river
I ran To quickly dispose of my woe,
A good friend he gave me advice
And timely prevented the splash,
Now at home I’ve a wife and ten heirs,
And all through a handsome moustache,

A moustache, a moustache,
And all through a handsome moustache

Now he was clearly in favour of the moustache and I too sport what could be described along the lines of a mild handlebar and small chin puff (what a name…honestly!)

Anyway our Victorian forefathers certainly had some wonderful facial growth didn’t they!

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4 thoughts on “Facial Hair

  1. Indeed they did. It’s interesting to see this poem from the 1860’s and to have seen photos from 30 or 40 years later of middle aged men with extravagantly hairy faces – were they hearkening back to their youths and being hopelessly out of fashion, or did this fashion evolve over a few decades?
    I too wear a smallish plain moustache, barely worthy of the name by Victorian standards, and it dates to the fasion of my youth in the 70’s.

  2. Hi Ephem

    You make a good point but I think the fashion as the Victorian Era went on was to get more facial hair.

    The only place where I have seen the sort of facial experimentation is in bands that play thrash metal or are on Scuzz TV but that usually goes with piercings which I can well do without.

    I had a goatee for quite a few years and chopped and changed that to end up with the above.

    Why not expand your own facial hair?

  3. Well, for a while my moustache was fairly extravagant and extended onto my cheeks. That was a long time ago. And I tried a beard a couple of times, but I don’t do a good beard, so gave that up. It would be nice to have a thick growth that could be sculpted and trained and painted with, but my materials are not up to the task. And, I can’t imagine the time it would take in front of the mirror every day, getting the hairs settled in place and keeping them there.
    I’m with you on piercings – they are not for me. Although I do find a strange fascination in ear spools, perhaps associated with an anthropology training. Having a hole through one’s body lined with metal or bone is as not-natural (should I say cultural?) as it gets – far more so than lamb-chop facial hair which I could imagine some baboon appreciating and cultivating for themselves.

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