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Submission + - US Presidential Head Profiles and Historical Trend (nytimes.com)

CaroKann writes: The NYT has an article exploring how presidential head profiles have changed throughout history. The article offers possible explanations for a few trends, such as the Civil War's influence on the popularity of presidential beards, beards being considered virile and militaristic I assume. Mustaches followed until the invention of the safety razor. For the past 100 years, the hair styles have remained almost the same.

One trend noticeable to me is the appearance of conforming news-anchorman style haircuts starting from the time of televisions widespread adoption.

What is the cause of the recent conformity? Is it the rise of media technology?
Is it possible for someone with facial hair or a queue to be elected today?

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