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Beard Transplants

Beard transplants (yeah apparently that's a thing) are on the rise as men increasingly go for that 'masculine look'.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

Beware Bad Beard Bacteria

Beards can contain as much fecal bacteria as a toilet. Depending, of course, on the hygiene of the beard wearer.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun May 03, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Can't Possibly Be True, Facial Hair, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Boys with beards

According to the New York Business Journal, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard ("The Wisest Kid in the Whole World") who advises people to have soup.

First thing I thought was that the kid reminded me of the bearded boy in those ads for the Boy Scouts that ran 3 or 4 years ago. Also, boys with beards look kinda strange.

But evidently the lesson from Madison Ave. is that boys with beards can really sell stuff.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 08, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Advertising, Facial Hair

Mystery Illustration 2


What is this jolly beatnik advertising?

1) Slot cars
2) Saturday morning cartoon shows
3) Vinyl records
4) Decals
5) Frederick's of Hollywood

Find the answer here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Facial Hair

Flower Power

Back from the '70s, its...flower beards!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Jul 22, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

“Now you can SHAVE in your car!”


The dawn of the era of distracted driving.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 25, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, 1950's, Facial Hair

Windup Razors



Once upon a time, in a simpler age when electricity was expensive or balky, windup razors were popular in Europe and Russia.


In the Space Age, you could even buy the NASA-approved version!

But except for vintage models (a mere $100.00), purely mechanical razors seem to have vanished from the marketplace. Although in this era of environmentalism, it seems they should fulfill a certain demand.


The closest such product I can find cheats by using electricity--though it is hand-cranked!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 09, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Technology, Environmentalism and Ecology, Facial Hair

Fake Facial Hair for Sale

[From Playboy for November 1968. Click to enlarge.]

I can imagine a man being follicle-challenged and able only to grow a patchy beard or mustache. But most of us can grow a perfectly fine crop of facial hair for free. Why would anyone spend money for a fake? And the price! The Inflation Calculator I always use says: "What cost $30 in 1968 would cost $185.89 in 2010."

But the weirdest thing is the appeal to scam your girlfriend or one-night-stand with fake hair. Huh?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 27, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Magazines, Sexuality, 1960's, Facial Hair

Burbank Beard

Vern Sion took home the prize in a beard contest judged May 21, 1951. I think he earned it.

(Found in the LA Examiner archive at
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jun 06, 2012 | Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Facial Hair
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