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Movember 2016

24 November 2016 by Sarah Starkey

Photograph of crew members of the ship Lusitania

Photograph of crew members of Lusitania, Cunard Line, taken in New York, 1910 (Maritime Archives and Library reference DX/1055).

I almost made it through November this year without mentioning Movember – the month of charity moustache growing. So many men have massive facial hair at the moment that I sometimes wonder who would notice if they grew a moustache.

But the charity’s mission is still an important one, so we are highlighting our gallery of moustache images from the collections of the Maritime Archives and Library on the Merseyside Maritime Museum website.

And then I came across this photograph while looking for something else (all the cataloguing efforts of the archive profession are so often superseded by this method) and I looked at the men on the front row and immediately thought ‘Movember’.

The image was taken by a photographer called Wurst in New York and shows some of the crew of the Cunard liner Lusitania at a social event in 1910. It includes some great hats as well, if ever a charity does wear-a-hat month I’ve got loads of great images for that, and I’d probably take part.

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