Ranking the pantheon of presidents of the United States is somewhat of a pastime. You can look at everything from GDP to foreign policy to find the right criteria. However, one of the more creative rankings of our Grand Poobahs comes in an area often overlooked; the category of facial hair. There has been more than one chief executive sporting whiskers of various lengths in a myriad of styles, so ranking them can be a challenge. I will give it my best shot here. By the way, be patient this really does have something to do with elevators.
One cannot forget the almost alien looking Martin Van Buren. His fin like sideburns was an obvious attempt at trying to direct people’s attention away from his bald head. Also, despite his facial growth, it is not true that he was the inspiration behind the “Shape of Water”. He was sporting his fancy whiskers before the word “sideburns” was invented (what a trendsetter). But because he does not have the full beard or mustache, I have to rank him third from the top.
Chester A. Arthur likewise rejected the conventional full beard (although very close to it) for a more creative choice of facial hair. His mutton chops and stylish mustache gave him a look that few tried to pull off. One can only wonder how things would have been different for Richard Nixon if he had gone with the “Chester A. Arthur”. He is an easy number two on the list.
For a true manly, man’s beard you have to look no further than James A. Garfield. Using the metric of thickness plus length puts him just a whisker above other great presidents. Yes Benjamin Harrison and Ulysses S. Grant went full on beard but far and away Garfield’s was the best. He is number one!
There are many runner ups to these facial hair giants such as Teddy Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, the venerable Abe Lincoln and the absolute best soup strainer of the them all on the face of of the rotund William Howard Taft. Taft was the last american president with a notable mustache while in office. He served as president from March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913. Since that time all of the presidents have been clean shaven.
Just a few more paragraphs to the elevator part of the blog. Keep reading. Who is to blame for the absence of facial hair on our more recent leaders and candidates? The safety razor carries much of the blame. It spelled the end of the bushy, bearded seekers of the oval office. Although other safety razors were available before 1913, Gillette created a safety razor that was widely distributed to troops in World War I (1914-1918). So gas masks would fit snugly, beards and long whiskers became forbidden on the Western Front. The men who served in the armed services were allowed to keep the shaving apparatus and the habit of shaving daily. So ended the reign of mustaches and beards.
Since that time and until recently, Gillette and Schick dominated the world of shaving with largely the same bill of fair; blades and plastic handles. To improve perceived quality they simply started slapping on additional blades and more substantial handles. As they were a near monopoly, prices went up, and up and up. Other than the electric shaver, shaving cream and the disposable safety razor remained top of the heap.
Then entered a new age of shaving. Tired of the old-fashioned and overpriced blades, online and delivery blades became all the rage. The difference: not much (if any) in quality, but delivery had changed the game of shaving forever. The new startup companies were so successful that in 2017 some of the big boys started direct mailing their blades as well.
Elevators (see I told you I would get to elevators) are now at the same crossroads and delivery of the product has now changed forever. The result is the old-fashioned way of installing an elevator is soon to go the way of facial hair on the face of a presidential candidate. Why? Because now a commercial quality elevator can literally be installed in a couple days not half a year. The product is still the same, the method of delivery is the only real thing that has changed. If you don’t believe me take a look at this video.
There are no more delays due to weather (trust me it was cold when the video was shot) or trades crossing over each other’s paths. Just a handful of days, a crane, and a couple of elevator technicians doing what a full-blown team over several weeks had to do in the past.
It is time to reconsider. Fix your elevator pain points, break away from the old-fashioned ways, and contact us for a quick quote on you next multi-story project. We make elevators easy. Let us show you how.