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Subject: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: 90s Guy on 03/24/15 at 5:38 am

Around exactly what year did the '70s fad in having long sideburns begin, and around what year did it die off?

In my family, a lot of the older guys (guys in their 40s, 50s) seemed to really like long sideburns as a way of fitting in with the youth. What about you guys? Did you see a lot of older men at the time in the '70s wear long sideburns?

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/15 at 5:40 am

Sideburns were very popular in the Victorian era, and stayed.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: Howard on 03/24/15 at 2:10 pm


Around exactly what year did the '70s fad in having long sideburns begin, and around what year did it die off?

In my family, a lot of the older guys (guys in their 40s, 50s) seemed to really like long sideburns as a way of fitting in with the youth. What about you guys? Did you see a lot of older men at the time in the '70s wear long sideburns?


I'm thinking about 1973 and I think it died around 1980.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/24/15 at 2:12 pm

There is already a topic on sideburns on the boards.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: ArcticFox on 03/24/15 at 3:07 pm


There is already a topic on sideburns on the boards.


Hey Philip, what did you wear in the '70s? According to your present age, you would have been a young adult then so I want to know.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: 90s Guy on 03/24/15 at 7:52 pm

You figure here's Lyndon Johnson in 1972, age 63
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/Lyndon_B._Johnson_post-presidency_portrait_September_18,_1972_-_LBJ_Museum_D4717-23a.jpg

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: Howard on 03/25/15 at 2:13 pm

I would say around 1980 when men sported a different hairstyle, black men went for the jheri-curl style.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: gibbo on 03/26/15 at 7:04 am

As Philip said earlier ... Sideburns were around centuries ago. Like most trends, they come and go. If you look at pics of The Beatles from 1966 you will see the loger, thicker 'mutton chops' beginning. It was common by the later 60's and all through the 70's. You will see it in films such as Easy Rider and Hair.

Elvis had huge sideburns even in 1977 (the year he died). John Lennon had even bigger sideburns in 1968. The trend lasted longer than 10 years on that occassion.

Subject: Re: Around what years did the sideburns trend begin and end?

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/15 at 3:41 pm

From wiki:

Sideburns, sideboards, or side whiskers are patches of facial hair grown on the sides of the face, extending from the hairline to below the ears and worn with an unbearded chin. The term sideburns is a 19th-century corruption of the original burnsides, named after American Civil War general Ambrose Burnside, a man known for his unusual facial hairstyle that connected thick sideburns by way of a moustache, but left the chin clean-shaven. "Burnsides" became "sideburns" probably because of their location on the side of the face."

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Ambrose_Burnside2.jpg/330px-Ambrose_Burnside2.jpg

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