Rowing’s Marvellous Mo Bros

Gaston Delaplane, a French rower at the (unofficial) 1906 Olympic Games with his Gold Medal winning moustache.
Gaston Delaplane, a French rower at the (unofficial) 1906 Olympic Games with his Gold Medal winning moustache.

4 Movember 2016

Tim Koch last grew a mo in 1987:

As HTBS has often previously posted, November is Movember. The Movember Foundation says that it ‘is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health’. According to Wikipedia:

Movember (a portmanteau of the Australian-English diminutive word for moustache, ‘mo’, and ‘November’) is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com.…… Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths…. (The) Movember Foundation also encourages men….. to adopt a healthier lifestyle….. The Movember Foundation has since (1999) raised $174-million worldwide…..

In the past, many rowers sported some wonderful facial hair all year around.

Mein Herr – Germany, 1901. The ‘Kaiserbart’, or Emperor moustache, perfumed and turned up at the ends, was made popular by the German Emperor, Wilhelm II.
Mein Herr – Germany, 1901. The ‘Kaiserbart’, or Emperor moustache, perfumed and turned up at the ends, was made popular by the German Emperor, Wilhelm II.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, keen sculler and founder of the modern Olympic Movement, possibly holding a small dog under his nose.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, keen sculler and founder of the modern Olympic Movement, possibly holding a small dog under his nose.
Harry Clasper and The Mo on the Tyne.
Harry Clasper and The Mo on the Tyne.
The great Ernie Barry in 1928. In the early part of the 20th century, his ‘toothbrush’ moustache was associated with the much loved comedians, Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. However, its later adoption by the unfunny German Chancellor, 1933-1945, ended its popularity – except with Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, whose mo cannot seem to decide between comedy and tragedy.
The great Ernie Barry in 1928. In the early part of the 20th century, his ‘toothbrush’ moustache was associated with the much loved comedians, Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. However, its later adoption by the unfunny German Chancellor, 1933-1945, ended its popularity – except with Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, whose mo cannot seem to decide between comedy and tragedy.

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