The beard in history, or the history of the beard…

On-line version of calendar of Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photograhy

A moustache and goatee, in the style of Napoleon III (originally President, and later Emperor, of France) was a very popular fashion in the whole of Europe during the French Second Empire. During this time, French fashion, including imitating the beard of the Emperor, became the main inspiration for Europe, but it didn‘t save its originator from political failure, and ultimately, death in exile

On the photos: unidentified person in Sokol garb, collodion negative, 1868–1883; Alexander Seik, mayor of Tábor, 1889; probably Dr. Bláha, collodion negative, 1889.