Tag: electability of beards
In the history of Presidential elections, there has never been a battle of the beards. Beards have challenged mustaches. Mustaches have challenged clean-shaven candidates. Clean-shaven candidates have challenged beards. But never in the history of our republic, have two bearded candidates duked it out on the campaign trail.
This is startling for many reasons. One, beards are awesome, and have experienced a sort of renaissance as of late. Two, statistically speaking, the beard is more “electable” than a baby face.
Look at the numbers. In Presidential elections, bearded candidates have only faced off (ha!) with clean-shaven candidates in five elections. In three of them—1868, 1872, and 1876—beards took the White House. That means the odds are with you if you run with a beard.
History buffs will be quick to point out that the 1876 beard win was something of a technicality. The oh-so-heavily bearded Rutherford Hayes lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote (Florida was the deciding state), putting his beard in office over the clean-shaven Samuel Tilden. Still, Hayes won, making beards tops in elections.
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Posted by Rob Crotty on October 22, 2010, under Facial Hair Fridays, Myth or History.
Tags: american history, electability of beards, elections with facial hair, facial hair and elected officials, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, odd history, Pieces of History, presidents with beards, presidents with facial hair, presidents with mustaches, prologue blog, Prologue magazine, random history, weird US history
Sixteen-year-old boys loved her. Parents of 16-year-old boys did not.
Yes, long before Hugh Hefner donned his trademark smoking jacket, before Larry Flynt shocked a nation with Hustler, there was Miss Flossie Lee. In the 1890s, the Augusta, Maine, entrepreneur ran Art Photo Co., a corporation that promised to send photos of “the best female models” for a buck. Purportedly, the photos of scantily clad women were intended for “art studies, and as models for the student in figure work, or the young artist who finds the living model a too expensive luxury. . .” But what they really were was porn.
Judging from the documents at the National Archives at Boston, Miss Flossie Lee was the victim of her own success. She operated without any evident complaint in Maine, then she decided to go for the big time. “I am the acknowledged belle of my own city, and have beaux by the score,” she writes in an ad, “but wish to extend my acquaintance over the whole country.” The trouble was that shipping obscene material across state lines was a Federal offense.
Congressmen complained. The Assistant Attorney General was peppered with letters from the Post Office inquiring what sort of action could be taken against Miss Lee and her “forbidden circulations.” One man wrote the Secret Service Department in the U.S. Post Office asking … [ Read all ]
Posted by Rob Crotty on October 20, 2010, under Uncategorized.
Tags: american history, before Playboy, censorship, electability of beards, elections with facial hair, facial hair and elected officials, flossy lee, history of pornography, mailers, miss flossie lee, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, obscenity history, odd history, Pieces of History, post office history, weird US history