Saw this interesting and illustrative picture on Wikipedia of the top newspaper editors in 1885, and the way their hair parts break down is pretty startling – mainly because I was under the impression that the side hair part was not as prevalent back then. But maybe among the 4th estate, which drives the public opinion and conversation did indeed have the side hair part bias way back then:
Here are the numbers as best i can discern from the photo (click for full resolution)
Left part 13/19 (68%)
Right Part 3/19 (16%)
Center/Bald 3/19 (15%)
A fuller study is needed to examine many old pictures to see how these statistics compare to a more general sampling of the population.
About John Walter
A long long time ago when I was just 19, I discovered the effects of changing my hair part from right to left. The strength of the change - in my case from a social misfit to "Joe Popular" was amazing, and not only that, when I looked around, it was happening to others.
The Hair Part Theory was the result of researching the effects and putting it into a more scientific framework and language. My sister Catherine Walter was instrumental in getting my vague handwaving theories into a great paper, including a slew of statistics to illustrate just how many leaders we have that are hair parters!
A few years after discovering the Hair Part Theory, I discovered, or more accurately re-discovered a true image mirror - and recognized myself at a deep level. The full story is elsewhere on this blog (link coming), but suffice to say that the True Mirror (the trade name of my perfect version), reflects your hair part the way it actually is, and you can see exactly what you are projecting...it matters!
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