A true extension of personality?…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: unguentary, unigeniture, ullage, uhian, uxorial, and bullyrag.
Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. The professor may turn up wearing roller skates, you must not remark on or draw attention to this – also, you may be asked to carry him down the front steps to the pavement when the lesson is over.

So who was that miscreant?… Would you know him again?…
I’d better get out my well-thumbed copy of that very interesting old junk shop book, Looking at Faces and Remembering Them, a Guide to Facial Identification (1971) by Jacques Penry, facial topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique (Photo-Fit).

DSCN3661Today, how about a look at page 99 which deals with headwear?

DSCN3822Gosh, isn’t it amazing how the hat changes the look of the face; mind you, I see they all have that mean-looking ‘criminal mouth’; oh, and unappealing shifty eyes; ‘g’ is definitely Clint Eastwood…
Let’s see what Jacques has to say on the subject:

Where the hair and all or part of the forehead are hidden by any kind of headgear the eye-distraction is similar to that caused by the beard. Instead of registering the head, hair and forehead shape, the eye chiefly notes the head covering, and the greater this is in height or width the more it deflects attention from the face…
A further point concerns the ‘expression’ which may be superimposed on the face by certain kinds of headwear. As with moustaches we tend by habit to associate hat styles with life styles and character types, mentally linking the bowler and the Homburg with City conservatism (fig. 204 b c) the cloth cap with a rural or manual worker’s background, the toque with skiers, the fur hat with Russia, the sombrero with Mexico, the beret with France or Scotland and so on.
For this reason care should be taken to see the head coverings solely as shapes which are separate from facial shapes and to remember that they are not necessarily a true extension of personality.

…and like my dad used to say, ‘If you can’t fight, wear a big hat…’


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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