Story: Personal grooming

Prisoner-of-war beards, 1941 (3rd of 4)

Prisoner-of-war beards, 1941

In the mid-20th century men were generally beardless, and the armed forces particularly emphasised the clean-shaven look. These two New Zealand soldiers, released after five weeks as prisoners of war in Libya in 1941, finger the beards they grew while in captivity.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-02347B
Photograph by M. D. Elias

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 4 July 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013