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The Parkes

It wasn’t uncommon for the pro-beard fraternity of the mid nineteenth century to cite beards as a sign of wisdom on the grounds that Socrates and other ancient philosophers had worn them.

Sir Henry Parkes is the best known Australian exponent of this long, white, sage-style of beard, the kind that one might stroke while in contemplative mode. Beards were on the wane again by 1900, though older men like Parkes often continued to wear them.

1 The Parkes, . 2 John Fairfax, 1873 Charles Summers.
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