As we are now reaching the end of Movember, there should be a fine army of men with fabulous moustaches making a statement in support of men’s health issues. Inspired by this, we have found what we hope are some equally fantastic images from our collections.
It is easy to imagine any of these people playing the characters in The Moustache Movement: An Original Farce which was first performed at the Royal Adelphi Theatre on Thursday, 30th March 1854. [MS 2899/1/1/2/BroughR] A vivid image springs to mind of all the characters in the play who, unsurprisingly, all had moustaches which were increasingly preposterous. I particularly liked the image of the Butcher – as the curtain rises he was seen caressing his moustache and using the suet on his tray as cosmetique! It’s a shame they didn’t include illustrations!