A million billion people have sent me this link today! I am so glad I have fine eyes and ears out there to make me aware of things like this.
It is called ‘Poets Ranked by Beard Weight,’ and it purports to be:
…a classic of Edwardian esoterica, a privately printed leaflet offered by subscription to the informed man of fashion and as a divertissement au courant for reading bins and cocktail tables of parlor cars and libraries and smoking lounges of gentlemen’s clubs. […] First published in England on the eve of The Great War, this quaint publication takes the reader on a fascinating excursion through such topics as False Beards, Merkins, and Capillamenta (chin wigs); Effusions of the Scalp and Face; Celebrated Chaetognaths (chaetognathous = hairy-jawed); and even includes an affectionate mini-essay about the wooly mammoth!
Well worth checking out. As for its Edwardian provenance, I’ll say only this: Many of the specific beard labels that this tract employs are shockingly familiar.
BONUS LINK: That this was a ‘Sponsored Link’ in my Gmail should give you an indication of the type of email I receive.