No Mo December

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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