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 Post subject: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 0:51 on Saturday June 2nd 2012 
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I found out yesterday that my dad used to wax his moustache. This blew me away because I never knew he ever had a moustache, let alone waxed it. I asked him when he did this, and he couldn't remember; it was just a long time ago. It must have been before I was born, or at the most when I was very young because I have no recollection of him with a moustache. Do any of your relatives have a handlebar, or are you "it" in your family?


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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 3:26 on Saturday June 2nd 2012 
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None, but I urge some to try it once for a bit of fun. So far, no takers. Even ancestors in what few photos we have don't wear them, but I'm sure some did.

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 8:56 on Saturday June 2nd 2012 
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None here either (though my dad had a moustache for 25 years) - but my uncle came to visit us for a couple of weeks recently and I tried to convince him to go handlebar. He is a long-time moustache wearer and the handlebar is one style he has not had... I'm going to keep up the pressure by email and if we are lucky we might see him pop up around here some day ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 19:07 on Saturday June 2nd 2012 
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Do any of your relatives have a handlebar, or are you "it" in your family?

I am currently the only known person in our family to have an handlebar moustache. Other members have had moustaches of one description or another and at one time or another. I recall both my grandfathers with cropped moustaches until the day they died. Two of my dad's brothers each had one and my father grew one for a brief period in 1986, but that was after I left home; I never saw it, except in a photo. A couple of my cousins had 'taches too.

It's funny how as a young kid you hear some of your family's history from your elders. Some stays stored in your memory, only to be retrieved again as an adult and when you've decided it's time to delve into genealogy. A few years ago I found a picture of an Austro-Hungarian officer c1873 of the same family name as my mother. There are a few other things about him besides the family name that fit, but I won't go there in this Topic or Forum. He'd be about five generations back and I have already verified that ancestor, but he is related and one day I hope to find out where he fits. Anyway, here he is and with an Imperial handlebar moustache.

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 13:37 on Sunday June 3rd 2012 
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Schnauzer wrote:
A few years ago I found a picture of an Austro-Hungarian officer c1873 of the same family name as my mother. There are a few other things about him besides the family name that fit, but I won't go there in this Topic or Forum. He'd be about five generations back and I have already verified that ancestor, but he is related and one day I hope to find out where he fits.


That is a very interesting story, Schnauzer! I hope you find out where this guy fits in your family. His moustache is nothing in comparison to yours, though... maybe because he is from your mother's side? :lol:

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I found out yesterday that my dad used to wax his moustache. This blew me away because I never knew he ever had a moustache, let alone waxed it. I asked him when he did this, and he couldn't remember; it was just a long time ago. It must have been before I was born, or at the most when I was very young because I have no recollection of him with a moustache. Do any of your relatives have a handlebar, or are you "it" in your family?


To my knowledge, in my family I am 'it'. However, both of my grandfathers sported neatly trimmed moustaches for a really long time. In fact, I never knew either of them without a moustache. Also, a few uncles and cousins have (or have had) moustaches or moustache/beard combos of some sort, but none of them have ever sported a handlebar. My father has never had any sort of facial hair. He tried once many years ago, but complained that it was too 'itchy' and gave up within a week :? . Recently I tried to convince my father-in-law to grow a moustache for the first time in his life, but since he doesn't speak English (and I don't speak Japanese), the conversation didn't go very far and he is still moustacheless... So, it's only me, but I don't see myself giving up on it any time soon! I really like it! :D :red:

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But a "bigot" is someone with rather bigoted views about those who proudly display a hirsute adornment on their upper lips.
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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 20:42 on Sunday June 3rd 2012 
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No one in my family, but my father in law has had one several times. Both my father and my grandfather had beards with no mustache. I guess this makes me sort of a facial hair non conformist in my family.
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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 18:29 on Wednesday June 6th 2012 
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Two of my great-grandfathers.

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PostPosted: 19:08 on Thursday June 7th 2012 
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My grandfather on my fathers side had an enormous handlebar. I only just saw a picture of him. Never knew him, he died in 1908 when my father was one year old. I will try to scan the pic and post.
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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 21:18 on Thursday June 7th 2012 
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My grandfather sported a moustache in his 20's when he played Rugby for Scotland & Richmond (& The Lions). He was definitely captain of the Scots and Richmond but not the lions.

His obituary has a good tash pic although I've not seen a photo of him with any graspable extremities.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... month.html

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 3:40 on Wednesday May 7th 2014 
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So, after I scraped off my beard, and my family saw my HB in it's stand-alone glory, I was informed that my father had a HB about 10 years before I was born. He grew it in 1958 with a bunch of other folks from the town he lived in for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the town. He sh*ved it off pretty soon because he was travelling around the state doing audits on county treasurers, and all the people he worked with were harassing him about it, since they didn't come from Holdrege. Since it was a "contest" mo, it wasn't near and dear to him, and so it went. Nevertheless, it looked pretty good, I think. He waxed it pretty heavily. This is the only picture of him with it that I could find, although one sister says there's another of him with the mo, holding our older sister. She would have been less than a year old at the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 4:30 on Wednesday May 7th 2014 
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ChrisS, that's awesome! Too bad you never saw the HB moustache in person.

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 10:42 on Wednesday May 7th 2014 
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No kidding Trent, it is too bad he never saw it in person.
My father, and some other relatives had a moustache in the 80s. None of those I know of grew a HB though.
I guess that leaves me blazing trails for the generations ahead!

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 15:01 on Wednesday May 7th 2014 
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On clearing my nans loft out I found very small pictures of my dads grandparents and other family members who would of been about early 1900s...3 gentleman ( one my dads grandfather, is that my great grandfather ) sported fantastic moustaches, wish I could post the pics but they are tiny on a family tree thingy which is at my dads now

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 Post subject: Re: Do any of your relatives have a handlebar?
PostPosted: 6:34 on Friday May 9th 2014 
My kid brother has one now.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's see your Handlebar (moustache) - Volume 4
PostPosted: 2:14 on Wednesday April 15th 2015 
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This is one of my ancestors. I knew my Handlebar was a family thing.


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