Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday, December 30, 2007

George Dewey

The mustache that won a stunning victory at The Battle of Manila Bay.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Lieutenant General Nelson Appleton Miles

A fine mustache that saw action in the US Civil War, the Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War. Miles eventually rose in the ranks to become Commanding General of the United States Army, the last person to hold that title.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Harold MacGrath

Harold MacGrath (1871-1932) was an American novelist and screenwriter.

Sadly, we have only the 19th century man, with his 20th century mustache. There is evidence of sustained cultivation, but I thought the author of The Mollycoddle deserved even late adulation.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

John Hay

John Hay (1898-1905), US Secretary of State, seen here as a young man, during his tenure as an assistant to President Abraham Lincoln, one of our most stubbornly un-mustached Presidents.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author of The Marble Faun (1860) and possessor of a fine early Nietzsche.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bret Harte

Another mis-spelling by an albuminist! Were they all etherists?

Wikipedia also reports, like poor Mr. Chambers, Mr. Harte suffered from writer-on-writer violence:

Writing in his autobiography four years after Harte's death, Mark Twain famously insults Harte, characterizing him and his writing as insincere; he criticizes the miners' dialect, claiming it never existed outside of the story ("The Luck of Roaring Camp"). Twain reserves his most damning statements for Harte's personal life, especially after Harte left the West, including his habitual borrowing of money from his friends with no intent to repay, his haughty attitude and his financial abandonment of his wife and children.

I hate to see fine mustaches fight...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Grover Cleveland

A modest man with a plain, but foundational mustache. A mustache fit to run a nation.

I was saddened to find the last President I could respect was afflicted with beardism in his youth. What fine strength of character he must have mustered to overcome such a handicap.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

G. K. Chesterton

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
-G. K. Chesterton

And, of course, he penned this wonderful line...

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
-G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Robert W. Chambers

An American writer most known for his horror fiction, especially the collection of short stories, The King In Yellow.

According to wikipedia, he received the rare honor of being insulted by The Dark Prince of Rhode Island:

H. P. Lovecraft said of him in a letter to Clark Ashton Smith,

"Chambers is like Rupert Hughes and a few other fallen Titans - equipped with the right brains and education but wholly out of the habit of using them."

At least he didn't call him squamous.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Will Carleton

William McKendree Carleton (1845–1912), American poet.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Famous Mustache Celebration

A collection of famous mustaches of the nineteenth century will be featured until New Year's Day.

General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818-1893) C.S.A.; commander at Fort Sumter, 1861

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Unstyled Mustache

The density is there, but he chooses to do little with it. A shame really...

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Who Could Complain About An Ascot?

Combined with such a well-defined chin cleft?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Has This Become Odd Neckwear Week?

I've always tried not to harp on a gentleman's appearance in these pages,* but the neckwear anomalies seem to keep popping up. The untucked tie ruins his mustache pose almost entirely.

*Aficionados of such cruel fun usually haunt sites like Moustastic or I Don't Like Your Facial Hair In That Way (IDLYFHITW.)

Monday, December 3, 2007

The Ignored Mustache

I usually strive to keep the focus on the mustaches, but I am fascinated by this gentleman's... overly large necklace? extremely secure watch chain? poorly constructed suspenders? flimsy restraints?

Saturday, December 1, 2007

What's In A Name?


Originally a Norman French nickname derived from aux gernons "having a mustache."