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Kansas Centennial, 1961

19 February 2011

It was a time when men were men and women were women, when everything seemed so clear, when everyone knew their place in life. 

But enough about 1961.  1861 was a time far more contested.  Kansas men and Missouri men duked it out over the slavery issue.  Ideals about liberty and propriety weren’t set in stone but up for grabs.  At least men of 1861 could agree on one thing: beards.  This thing Kansas did well to celebrate in their centennial, encouraging men around the state to grow out their man-mane.  After April 20 of 1961 it was illegal to shear one’s face – unless one had purchased a $2 shaving permit button.

For more awesome pictures, see the Lawrence Journal-World.

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