What Were The Beards Of The Past? Beards In History.

Beards have been displayed in many ways though time but some may wonder where certain styles come from. Come with us and you can find out out timeline of our bearded history keep reading to explore the roots of your beard and your fellow bearded brothers.

1600s the Van dyke

A truly famous painter who has his legacy set around the world in stone however his paintings were not the only things passed on by his legacy the famous van dyke beard-moustache combination was a largely populated facial hair at the time and even is still today utilising the combination of the goatee and ever popular moustache it is a true marker in bearded history.

1700s the Chinstrap and Chin Curtain

Many times confused as one and the same these two beards were a highly popular style in England with chinstrap even spreading’s its way to Russia and Japan. This beard was notability famous for the American author Henry David Thoreau. Meanwhile its American counterpart the chin curtain was highly popularised by the American president Abraham Lincoln. His famous chin curtain spread about through America and became a staple in his figure.

1860s the Sideburns and Mutton Chops

A facial hairstyle famous amongst military men this style was used as an exception for the no bearded rule (due to cleanliness and an added distraction) during the American civil war. Dawned by General Ambrose Burnside he had legendary long mutton chops and was the eventual cause of the bestowed name sideburns (Burnside re-arranged)

1890s the Full beard

With a new uproar in expressive beards following Lincoln's wake many other American presidents expressed their own bearded style with Rutherford Hayes and James Garfield portraying the full beard carving and American craze of either ragged or styled full beards.

1914s Clean Shaven

During the First World War many disposed of various facial hairstyles in order to look uniformed and gain practicality when wearing a gas mask. During this time most men completely shaved off all facial hair this can also be linked to the new Gillette’s disposal razor blade coming out, allowing beards to be shaven on the go.

1920s the Handlebar Moustache

Some times mistaken as a horseshoe moustache but still very different the handle bar moustache became a new craze as the war came to an end. Soldiers were now able to dawn new styles of facial hair to express themselves and was popularised by American president William Howard Taft by curling his moustache upwards towards the eyes.

1930s the Toothbrush Moustache

A moustache that holds offence today it was famously used by Adolf Hitler during World War 2 it was a popular moustache amongst many Germans and Europeans alike and was many a time a statement of class however once WW2 ended the pencil moustache was no longer used and looked down upon for obvious reason because of this it was faded out and is very rare to come by today.

1940s the Pencil Moustache

This form of facial hair was premiered in ‘Gone with wind’ in 1939 and grew in popularity by the 1940s being lead by the films leading actor Clark Gables. This moustache was a thin, split line of hair on the upper lip and was later dawned by the author George Orwell and musician Sammy Davis JR.

1950s the Goatee

During the 1950s the new popularised music of jazz spread hand in hand with the new goatee moustache allowing many to express themselves and it was highly popular in creative communities like musicians, actors and authors.

1970s the Horseshoe Moustache

A famous moustache used among traditional bikers this form of moustache was mainly known to be used by Hulk Hogan a famous entertainer and performer. This moustache because popular through out America and is a facial hair positioned above the lip, slit into two parallel right angles.

1980s the Chevron Moustache

A well used moustache amongst the UK, the chevron moustache is a form of the pencil moustache but is thicker and fuller this facial hairstyle was used amongst singers and performers alike however it has sadly faded out of style during the early 2000s is not normally found today.

2000s the Five O’clock shadow

With a new century, came a new popularity with the all-famous five O’clock shadow. Many men used this new style along with celebrities for example Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Sporting some short stubble this beard gained it name due to the shadow esc look. This style was famous amongst designers and was commonly used to define jawline or other facial features.

Today the Styled Beards

With new availability of Bear oils, Brushes and shampoos this growing popularity of longer beards is a ever massing one with over 50% of men sporting a beard. This new ability to style and express one selves through there facial hair and is very common in media and businesses.

We hope this timeline has allowed you to learn about your bearded past carved by those long gone bearded brothers.

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