The trustworthiness of beards

In 1962, as part of my newspaper’s coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, I grew a beard.  For decades after that I had mustaches and beards.  Only since I retired in 1998 have I once again confronted the world with a naked face.

For this reason I was interested in an item on the Making Light web page of Teresa and Patric Nielsen Hayden.

Click on this to see it, then click to enlarge.

There is a lot of food for thought here. Why did the beards of 19th century tycoons make them seem more respectable, and the beards of 1960s hippies make them seem more disreputable? Did a Lincoln-type beard connote honesty before Lincoln wore one? What did a Hitler-type mustache signify before there was a Hitler? Will we ever again have a bearded President?

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