Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s Movember again, an annual event where men grow out their mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. When looking through old family photos, it’s likely you’ve come across some mustachioed ancestors. Mustache styles have changed over time, so your ancestor’s facial hair may even be a clue to help you date your photo.

In honor of Movember, here’s a fun look at some epic mustaches of the past.

Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Image: Australian National Maritime Museum, Flickr

This Australian champion swimmer has his English style mustache perfectly groomed with wax as he poses with his trophies. A trademark of this style is that men would style it in a straight line rather than curve the ends upwards.

Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Image: State Library of Queensland, Flickr

The walrus mustache is characterized by thick, bushy whiskers that drop over the mouth. As its namesake suggests, the style resembles the whiskers of a walrus. It was a popular style among men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Image: Australian National Maritim Museum, Flickr

Looks like this man took the walrus mustache to a new level!

Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Image: Library of Congress

The handlebar mustache is characterized by its bushiness while still worn long enough to curl at the ends upward. The mustache is kept well groomed, using wax to achieve it’s curl. This portrait of Alexander Zaimis sporting a handlebar mustache dates between c.1910 – c.1915.

Photos: Our Mustachioed Ancestors

Image: SDASM Archives

The Hungarian mustache is big and bushy and begins from the middle of the upper lip and is pulled to the side with the hairs growing up.

What kind of mustache did your ancestors’ sport? Share your photos in the comments below!

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