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The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale

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Everyone loves a good beard… and cupcakes. So Dude with Beards Eating Cupcakes should really float your boat. All that facial hair with all that cream cheese frosting. How could you not visit that site every day?

But anyway, this isn’t about how cool it is to have a beard and eat cupcakes. This is about the history of beards (for the history of cupcakes, go here). Once upon a time beards were not considered amazing feats as they are now. In fact, there was once a man named Joseph Palmer who was mocked and persecuted for sporting a face forest. No kidding. Check out his gravestone whenever you find yourself in Leominster, MA and his will be the one that says, “Persecuted for Wearing the Beard.” Sounds like something you’d find in The Onion.

So now that we’ve caught you up to speed on the “evils” of beard wearing in the 19th Century, isn’t it time you passed along this history to your little future beard-wearer? Ok, so future beard-wearer or not, The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale will fascinate and thrill your kid—we have no doubt about it.

Telling Joseph Palmer’s story with simple text and illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink, not only is this a beautiful book to read, but a chance to teach your wee one about the importance of questioning social rules. Oh yeah, and never to conform. Because JPal didn’t, and so just a few decades later, guess who won the American presidency sporting a kickass chin curtain of his own? None other than Abe Lincoln. We think the beard might’ve had something to do with our pal Joseph Palmer.

Anyway, kids will be able to read between the lines of this tall-tale-esque story — and that’s what makes it all the more special and awesome. As well as all the beardage. We love us some beardage.

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