Hair Powder Tax

It’s always interesting to find some historical fact that you’ve never heard of, today I’ve discovered that at the end of the 18th century, William Pitt the Younger imposed a Hair Powder Tax to help fund the ongoing war with Napoleonic France.

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Powdered Wig

Even harder to believe is that it wasn’t repealed until 1869 and people were still paying the tax.

Imagine if they imposed a tax on hair gel today, there would be a public outcry, and of course we all know that governments are run by business corporations so I think the manufacturers would have a few choice words to say. Maybe things would have been different if they’d imposed a Brylcreem Tax, where would men be without that sleek and greasy look!

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