To celebrate this year’s Movember, we’ve searched the Oxford DNB’s 59,655 biographies and 11,363 portraits for some of the finest moustaches in British history.
Nearly 500 people have moustaches mentioned & memorialized in their ODNB entries. That's even more whiskers than a Hoxton microbrewery. Here’s a small selection. Click on a portrait to read on: then click again on the image for a closer look.
And throughout the coming month we’ll be tweeting a daily ‘Mr Movember’: from ‘clipped’, ‘waxed’, ‘drooping’, & ‘luxurious’ to ‘pencil’, ‘handlebar’, ‘bristling’ & ‘false’.
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400 years of moustaches, mutton chops, & whiskers
- Search the ODNB’s 70 million words for references to moustache, mutton chop, and whiskers. Then move on to ‘beards’. Here’s how
- Text searching requires subscriber access. The complete ODNB online—all 59,655 biographies—is available via many college & university libraries, and nearly all UK public libraries. Most offer ‘remote access’ which means you can use ODNB online at home, or anywhere, at any time.
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