After discovering the collection of glass plate negatives in the Flickr account of Sydney, Australia’s Powerhouse Museum of Science and Design, I’ve been toying with the notion of bringing back the moustache. But unlike the one I grew this winter, I would like to anchor my fall look with a ‘stache like Australia’s early settlers, long, thick, well-kempt. In my experience with facial hair, I allow the thing to grow until it becomes wiry, out-of-control, and then I trim it. I’d like someone’s advice regarding waxes, oils, or other products I might utilize to make mine a walrus.
Upon seeing my last attempt, an actor friend exclaimed in a faux British accent, “Instant Character!” That it is. A moustache carries with it a certain je ne sais quois, a devil-may-care attitude with which I’m wont to ally myself anyways.
You know how I feel about bowlers, or as our friends Down Under call them, derbies.
For more of Australia’s earliest settlers, see The Powerhouse Museum’s Flickr.