Story: Personal grooming

Neat and tidy moustache, 1891 (2nd of 4)

Neat and tidy moustache, 1891

Facial hair was in retreat in the late 19th century. Although most men still wore a moustache or beard or both, they were smaller, neater, and more groomed. This photograph, taken in 1891, shows a young Alexander Turnbull, whose library became the foundation of the New Zealand's national research collection, the Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-032603-F
Photograph by Van der Weyde

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Personal grooming - Men’s hair', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013