Facial Hair of Note & a Giveaway

November 9, 2012


In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the midst of “Movember”! The term – a portmanteau of moustache + November – was apparently coined in 1999 by a group of young men in Adelaide, Australia, but in 2004 the “Movember Foundation” was born in Melbourne, a charity to raise awareness and funds for testicular and prostate cancer. Men registering to take part in “Movember” start of with a clean shaven face on 1 November and pledge to grow and groom their facial hair into a fine moustache throughout the rest of the month. Since 2004, the event has spread to Europe, North America and other parts of the world, with almost 80 million GBP being raised around the world in 2011.(1)

Museums can also be great places to find some fantastic moustaches, with their archives of old photographs from days when moustaches in all shapes and size were much more celebrated than today. One of my favourites is from The Archives of American Art, who have created a Pinterest board with “Facial hair of note” (2), which sports not only some magnificent moustaches but also a collection of very impressive beards and sideburns.

Archives of American Art on Pinterest - Facial Hair of Note

Screenshot from Pinterest (06-11-2012)


National Museums Scotland have created a “Movember” album on Flickr (3), with “a gallery of facial furniture” from their collections, while the Canadian Museum of Nature is taking an alternative approach to Movember this year, with their animal moustache challenge. Every Thursday in November, they’re posting a mystery animal flaunting its moustache on their Facebook page. Fans can then guess what the animal in question is, before the answer is revealed later in the day.

National Museums Scotland on Flickr

Screenshot from Flickr (06-11-2012)


In honour of Movember, I have this awesome set of moustache shaped paperclips, which I picked up for you in Barcelona, to give away. And because people have been asking about the notebooks from last week’s Museum Craft Corner, I’m adding a couple of those in too (though really you’re meant to make them yourself, you know ;-) ), as well as some tasty treats from Armenia – dried fruits and nuts covered in dark chocolate. Om nom nom.


All you have to do, to be in with a chance to win, is to leave a comment below telling me which character from history, literature or film gets your vote for best moustache or other facial hair. Entry will remain open until 8pm UK time next Friday (16 November), after which I will select a lucky winter via the random number generator site. Good luck!

My favourite moustache is David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot, by the way ;-)

Edit: Congratulations to Jasmin (comment #3) – the random number generator has selected you (and Karl Marx^^) as the winner of the Movember gift set!


(1) Movember and Sons (http://www.movember.com)
(1) Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember)
(2) Archives of American Art on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/archivesamerart/facial-hair-of-note/)
(3) National Museums of Scotland on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseumsscotland/sets/72157627911408717/)


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5 Responses to “Facial Hair of Note & a Giveaway”

  1. rafaele Says:

    of course Dali! best moustache ever! and Pancho Villa, the mexican revolutionary.


  2. Ish Says:

    Teddy Roosevelt! Classic big game hunter, upper class white man ‘stache.


  3. Jasmin Says:

    Karl Marx, he has a true Santa beard ^^


  4. Wilko Says:

    Obviously Friedrich Engels, for the impressive accomplishments of wearing a moustache able to stand out in respect to an equally impressive beard!


  5. Meg McKavanagh Says:

    Frida Kahlo getsy my vote! Kahlo rejected beauty conventions of the day and didn’t pluck her eyebrows or mustache, she groomed them with special tools and even darkened them. Her art and her mustache exaulted a truth and a reality previously unexpressed by female artists.


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