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 usc.edu.)
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 06, 2012
     Category: Fashion | Hair Styling | Facial Hair

What's really weird is the plaid shirt with the check jacket. uuuuggghhhh <shiver>
Posted by Todd on 06/06/12 at 09:30 AM
This is/was just shameful product placement.

@Todd: Now you're trying to tell me that plaid and checks don't go together? Not even in Burbank?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/06/12 at 09:59 AM
Gee I bet all the girls were chasing him all over town! :shut:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/06/12 at 09:00 PM
What does anyone make of the captioning on the photo (at the top)? It makes me think that the letters on the guy's face are actually in reverse, as he would then see them properly when using a mirror to sculpt his hair.
Posted by KDP on 06/07/12 at 09:30 AM
You're right KDP. The text reads "Vern Sion's beard spells 'Burbank'. 5/21/51"
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/07/12 at 09:37 AM
Curiosity got to me. I went to the source and examined the photo in better detail. The print is correct - notice the buttons on his shirt which are correct for a mass produced garment for a male. The archive captioning is mirror reversed. Can't think of why an archivist would do such a thing.
Posted by KDP on 06/07/12 at 09:50 AM
It might have been done to more easily demonstrate the lettering in the beard as the script on the slate-board isn't too legible. Then again, it could have been a mistake in the darkroom. I didn't notice the reversed script until you pointed it out and, most likely, wouldn't have noticed it in the dark room either.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/07/12 at 10:53 AM
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