No Mo December

Put those moustache cups away for another year, and splash on some bracing aftershave. Here are some shaving related items in Te Papa’s collections to inspire you Movember-ites to lather up and remove the moustaches you have tended over the last month.

Moustache cup, England, maker unknown. Gift of Mrs Ockenden and Miss Stephenson, 1963. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG000707)

Moustache cup, England, maker unknown. Gift of Mrs Ockenden and Miss Stephenson, 1963. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG000707)

What about this shaving mug for the politically-minded moustache-remover, below. It features an illustration of the Government Buildings in Wellington.

 Shaving Mug, maker unknown. Purchased 1994. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG002424)

Shaving Mug, maker unknown. Purchased 1994. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG002424)

This one is rustic – more homely and domestic:

Shaving Mug, maker unknown. Purchased 1994. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG002425)

Shaving Mug, maker unknown. Purchased 1994. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (CG002425)

You may want to delegate the task of removing your past-its-use-by-date moustache to someone else:

Untitled, 1970s, Auckland, by Ken Browning. Gift of the artist, 2004. Te Papa (O.027998)

Untitled, 1970’s, Auckland, by Ken Browning. Gift of the artist, 2004. Te Papa (O.027998)

Preparations for a return to civilization , 28.02.1921, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964. Te Papa (B.022218)

Preparations for a return to civilization , 28.02.1921, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of G. L. Adkin family estate, 1964. Te Papa (B.022218)

This posed, photographic joke shows a Mr Toohill having his beard trimmed by three barbers. The barber on the right, Leslie Adkin, is using a pair of sheep shears. Don’t try this at home: find a decent safety razor, like the one in this boxed set, to get the job done.

Shaving Set, 1900s, New York, by Kampfe Brothers. Gift of Mr L McKeefry, 1966. Te Papa (GH002638/1-14)

Shaving Set, 1900s, New York, by Kampfe Brothers. Gift of Mr L McKeefry, 1966. Te Papa (GH002638/1-14)

Razor, 1900s, New York, by Kampfe Brothers. Gift of Mr L McKeefry, 1966. Te Papa (GH002638/3)Razor, 1900s, New York, by Kampfe Brothers. Gift of Mr L McKeefry, 1966. Te Papa (GH002638/3)

Razor, 1900s, New York, by Kampfe Brothers. Gift of Mr L McKeefry, 1966. Te Papa (GH002638/3)

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