Monday, April 18, 2016

Bearded Man



We will be looking at beards this week here at OPOD. We start with this great photo of a Civil War soldier, taken in the early 1860's. It is an interesting style, in that he has no mustache, and no sideburns, but a big bushy beard bottom. Not sure what this style is called..

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  1. Not sure what it's called, either, but he did get a good straight line, there.

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  2. It almost looks like an Amish beard.

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    1. I'd agree, save for the disconnect with his sideburns. And the Amish didn't serve in the military. I'm left clueless as to his intent.

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    2. That was sort of my idea at first, but I doubt too many Amish would be fighting for either side. Amish beards also go from the ears on down and around, but they never allow their mustache to grow, or wear buttons, because both have echoes in the military styles of the 1690s.

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  3. Today (5-1-2016) I was watching "Civil War: Blood on the Battlefield" when an original photo was shown of a young Union soldier. His beard was identical to the one shown above. Apparently, this beard style was not Amish, but simply a style worn by some individuals of the era, as the Amish would not have volunteered to serve in either army.

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