Movember Moustaches

4 November 2013 by Sarah Starkey

Black and white photograph of W Roberts, shipbroker

W Roberts, shipbroker, from the De Wolf photograph album (Maritime Archives reference DX/2243)

 As the leaves fall from the trees and the nights draw in my thoughts turn not towards Christmas, but to moustaches.  We have again updated our gallery of moustached maritime men in support of the Movember health campaign.  All this year’s men come from the same book, a volume of photographs presented to John Star De Wolf, shipbroker, upon his retirement from business in 1915.  Having an album full of photographs of men certainly made this year’s moustache hunt a lot easier for me.  However, I can’t help wondering what Mr De Wolf made of his gift.  I’m very fond of my colleagues, but should I ever leave my job, I’m telling them here and now, I do not want to be given photographs of them as a leaving present.

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