Men With Beards Don’t Have Bronchitis



I don’t like facial hair- but that is just my opinion. Some guys look great ~ others not so much. A couple of quick points. Some men’s faces are made more symmetrical when they have a beard. And as we know from a different set of studies, symmetry is highly valued when attracting someone, so a beard might be perceived as attracting depending upon the specifics of the circumstances.

Okay that is today– what about in yesteryear when a lot of men had them? Rose Mary Sarsfield found me an article from the Carleton Place Herald in 1863- and it was pretty easy to see where they stood on the subject.

The first fear of God they issued out to the masses was that if you shaved your beard you would get a frequent occurrence of bronchitis. It was said that the beard was given to all men by the Creator for some useful purpose, and if you were a male you should calculate to retain that animal warmth to that part of the body that is exposed to the elements. I kid you not the words ‘animal warmth’ was used.


W.G. Grace, the best cricket player of the Victorian age, in the late 1880s


You were warned that if you exercised your vocal organs for hours; the pores of the chest and throat would be open to the whole force of the atmosphere, and sooner or later you were going to get bronchitis. Then again came the warning that the Maker had given men flowing beards to escape any degree of exposure unharmed.



Facial hair fly-away. Sideburn wings, 19th Century


Dr.Marey who wrote this article said that men of the Jewish faith who wore their beards long were rarely afflicted with bronchial analogous disorders. Me thinks they all just refused to shave.

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


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Lois Lyman–A Hair of a Blunder!

Is Body Hair Something Women Should Be Ashamed Of?



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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