Full beards are in these days, it seems. Especially for those twenty-somethings who cycle past on their designer bikes, sipping designer coffee in a designer take-away cup with one hand while steering with the other.
This is the hip way of the future; urbanised, up to the minute, millennial, mobile-enabled. And bearded, if you happen to be a bloke.
Except a bit. The thing is that the full-scale hipster shovel-beard and moustache isn’t exactly new. It’s been in vogue before. Mid-nineteenth century to be precise.
Hipster beards. Brand new. Just like in 1849.
And if you want to see more photos of people in nineteenth century hipster beards – and get a copy of my new book The History of Hawke’s Bay, click this link.
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