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The Barber and the Abusive Parrot!

12 June 2019

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the chattering barber was a comic stereotype. All sorts of satires and images lampooned the loquacious shaver, more intent on the sound of his own voice...

Uncovered: The First ever Beard and Moustache Competition?!

21 May 2019

Last week, hordes of hirsute men descended upon Antwerp in hopes of securing a prize at the World Beard and Moustache Championships. This has become a major event, attracting thousands...

Bitesized Blog Post #1 Automata & ‘The Turk!’

13 March 2019

The eighteenth century was one of technological innovations. Popular interest in science, new inventions and technologies, had never been so strong, and saw the rising popularity of...

Unnatural Fashions: Wigs and Beards in the 18th Century.

10 January 2019

I’m showing my age now, but watch the 1981 Adam and the Ants promo video for ‘Stand and Deliver’ and, during a few scenes showing the ‘Dandy Highwaymen’...