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Louis Coulon was a metal worker with a 6 foot long mustache and an 11 foot long beard. Sometimes he would pose for novelty postcards with his cats.
posted by adept256 (18 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
My 6 year old: "That is a long beard."

I'd have to agree.
posted by medusa at 11:22 AM on March 26 [3 favorites]

(Wow, without an adblocker the ads on that page are...extensive.)

I’m honestly impressed that as a metalworker he never caught that beard on fire.
posted by mollymayhem at 11:38 AM on March 26 [12 favorites]

*that’s* who that guy is! Neato.
posted by hototogisu at 11:57 AM on March 26 [1 favorite]

Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren...
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:03 PM on March 26 [8 favorites]

Yeah, wow, that beard seems like an extra challenge when working with molten metal. I wonder if at that time a "moulder" maybe just specialized in making the molds, and casting was a different specialist job. I wonder how many of his parts had beard hair impressions as part of the cast surface finish.

Anyway, A+ kitty.
posted by biogeo at 12:10 PM on March 26

This link has more info about how he managed that:
You’d think that his insanely long beard must have hindered his work, right? But no, Louis Coulon came up with a rather novel way to deal with it. It is told that he rolled up his beard into a kind of ‘mattress’ and laid it on his chest under his shirt. Nothing like an extra layer of personal insulation, working next to a blast furnace!
I imagine it'd be quite sweaty. You'd know when this guy was in the neighborhood.
posted by adept256 at 12:16 PM on March 26 [3 favorites]

Isn't a moulder someone who makes moulds? Someone who casts metals is a founder, I think. But not my line, so I'm happy to learn.
posted by StephenB at 12:21 PM on March 26

I like his hats too. They balance it all.

Imagine his week: go to work, go to work, go to work, pose for postcards with ?daughter who's very So, What, Huh? Ppffft!; go to work; more pose. Spend all day bathing. Repeat. Occasionally update hat with ribbon.
posted by winesong at 12:21 PM on March 26 [3 favorites]

The daughter part beggars the imagination.

Thank God.
posted by y2karl at 1:20 PM on March 26

It's Captain Tinker and Jenny Linsky!
posted by Flight Hardware, do not touch at 1:44 PM on March 26 [1 favorite]

I approve of this.
posted by doctornemo at 2:41 PM on March 26

for those of you on team chats
step 1: "Hey everyone, the time machine worked! I've returned from the year 2081 with a pic of (that guy on the team with a beard)"
step 2: paste image
step 3: make self laugh

that is all. oh, if anyone types in something snarky then you just respond with "(guy on team with a beard) from 2081 told me you'd say that"
posted by elkevelvet at 2:45 PM on March 26

He had the kindest eyes.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:36 PM on March 26 [2 favorites]

> I’m honestly impressed that as a metalworker he never caught that beard on fire.

I prefer to think that the beard caught on fire reasonably frequently, and each postcard is showing the results after a few months of regrowth.
posted by are-coral-made at 3:47 PM on March 26 [1 favorite]

In the photos it looks like at some point the lower half or so of the beard turned into a single dreadlock for at least a couple of feet.
posted by Dip Flash at 3:59 PM on March 26

Regular fires are necessary for the beard ecosystem. The new growth is healthier, stronger, and better able to support cats.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 4:02 PM on March 26 [11 favorites]

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”

—Edward Lear
posted by BiggerJ at 7:24 PM on March 26 [2 favorites]

When the cats are ripe, they drop from the beard and scatter. Some cats will find suitable niches in automotive repair shops, academic libraries or spare cubicles near server rooms.
posted by are-coral-made at 1:47 AM on March 27 [4 favorites]

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