In Beards We Trust
During the american civil war, many distingushed beards grew on the chins of the soldiers, stylishly crafted and accessorised by outrageous sideburns.
By the time chemical weapons were used in the first world war, beards were outlawed as it prevented the correct fitting of gas masks.
Goatee clad Uncle Sam urged young americans to fight during the second world war, many of them only just at the bum-fluff stage of their life.
Chinstrap beards are regulation for the Amish, but may only be grown after marriage.Moustaches are dis- allowed, as they are considered to be a symbol of the military.
Those caught growing them have severe penalties placed upon them, such as the confiscation of their hat. Untill such a crime is resolved, the offending moustache is razed to the lip.
Moustaches have also found their way into popular culture, and many stars of the silver screen sport them.
Chaplin was worshipped for his tash inspired silent baffoonery, and there are few who can't recall Charlton Heston's now infamous 'beard' scene from Ben Hur.
Beards and Horns
Yet beards have often been miscast in works of fiction - in much of early American cinema, if a character sported facial hair it was sign of his nefarious character and was more likely to be the antagonist of the story. The longer the beard, the more devilish the character.
From the the 1920s to the 1960s, beards were virtually forbidden in mainstream America, to then finally be liberated from obsolescence by the 'beatnik' counter culture. Consciousness-changing substances allowed people to go on a journey of personal discovery and on return, they often discovered they were actually bearded.
Some even claimed their door of perception is located on the other side of the beard.