September 15, 2010

Hair Portraits of the Presidents

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From the NY Times:

"By the mid-19th century, beards returned after a long absence. Virile-looking and practical on the battlefield, beards were suited to the Civil War; Grant kept his when he entered the White House. The safety razor's invention around 1900 marked the beginning of the end for presidential facial hair. For the last 100 years, there have been very few stylistic developments of note; the most significant change of late comes with our current commander in chief, whose hair has brought welcome diversity to the presidential scalp."

See the Heads of State: Hair-Portraits of the presidents.

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Posted by Derek Markham at September 15, 2010 5:00 AM
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