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The Weekly Beard! for April 16, 2012

<em>Poets Ranked by Beard Weight</em> by Upton Uxbridge Underwood (photo: brainpickings.org)

Poets Ranked by Beard Weight by Upton Uxbridge Underwood (photo: brainpickings.org)

It’s common knowledge that a poet is only as good as his beard. Or so went the wisdom of Poets Ranked by Beard Weight, a privately printed subscription leaflet authored by Upton Uxbridge Underwood and distributed by the Torchbearer Society of London across the reading bins and cocktail tables of turn-of-the-century parlor cars and smoking lounges to keep the era’s literati informed and entertained. The exceedingly rare work eventually became a prized collector’s item for bibliophiles and beard-historians alike, and inspired many of today’s beard-grooming competitions.

Originally published in 1913, you can order your copy at amazon.com.

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