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The Barassi

Otherwise known as the ‘Pool Cleaner’ or the ‘Porn Star’ moustache.

Actors like Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds, it has been suggested, were partly responsible for popularising the cultivation by 70s men of these thick thatches of face foliage. It’s a fashion most strongly associated in Australia with sportsmen for its presence on the faces of numerous legends.

1The Barassi. 2John Monash, 1919 James Quinn. 3Ron Barassi, 1975 Rennie Ellis. © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive. www.RennieEllis.com.au. 4Dave Graney and Clare Moore, 1996 Bleddyn Butcher. © Bleddyn Butcher. Bleddyn@Tenderprey.com. 5Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low. © Estate of David Low.

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Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Jo's mo show

(with beards)

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition illustrates changes in beards, moustaches and sideburns from the 1780s to the 1980s.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.