Story: Personal grooming

Full beard, 1880s (1st of 4)

Full beard, 1880s

A full beard and moustache, of the kind worn here by Gilbert Mair in the 1880s, became increasingly unusual. Through most of the 20th century the clean-cut look was more common, aided by the availability of better shaving equipment.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Cowan Collection (PAColl-3033)
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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Personal grooming - Men’s hair', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013