It is now "No Shave November", where men choose to do away with their razor and grow a manly beard. In honor of this month dedicated to not shaving. this post is dedicated to the facial hair of my ancestors. The style of mustaches and beards, I'm confident, is a sign of the time and location your ancestors lived. I wish I could say I was an expert at the styles of facial hair of various times and locations, but all I can do is post the photos of my grandfathers of varying degrees of "great" as samples.
First, neither my father nor my two grandfathers wore a mustache or beard. At least no photos exist of them wearing one. Of my great-grandfathers, I only have one photo of Thomas Doran and in this photo, he did not have facial hair. My other three great-grandfathers all had beards and/or mustaches. Of my eight great-great-grandfathers, I only have photos of two of them and they both had mustaches and beards.
First up is my great-grandfather, Johan Anton "August" Menke. His moustache was pretty low-key but respectable.
He didn't appear to change the style from his younger years through his elder years.
Next is my great-grandfather, Charles Miller.
When younger, his mustache seemed pretty standard but as he progressed in age, it seemed to become a bit more styled.
Next is my great-great-grandfather, Hugh Kelly. I only have one photo of him.
Next up is my great-grandfather Aloys Panther.
Finally, my inspiration for this post is my great-great-grandfather, Benedict Bixenman. I have several photos of him and in every one, he sports a full beard and mustache. Based on the progression of the beard as he aged, it appears to me that he never trimmed the beard.