Facial Hair Friday: Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads

Fifth Archivist of the United States James Berton “Bert” Rhoads (Archivist: 1968–1979) had many distinctions. He was the youngest person to become Archivist; he started the National Archives annual Fourth of July celebrations; and he presided over the Archives during the largest influx of genealogy researchers during the Roots era. He also sported a nice mustache. … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Archivist of the United States Bert Rhoads

Facial Hair Friday: Percy Wyndham, Soldier Extraordinaire

Today’s post comes from Megan Huang, an intern in the National Archives History Office. Today's Facial Hair Friday is about a little-known Civil War Union officer, Col. Percy Wyndham, who has a perfectly pointed beard and mustache. An Englishman, Wyndham did not have the the usual path to participation in the American Civil War. Perhaps being … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Percy Wyndham, Soldier Extraordinaire

Facial Hair Friday: Joseph Rainey the first African American in the House

  Joseph Rainey was distinguished in many ways—he was the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first African American to preside over the House of Representatives, and the longest–serving African American during Reconstruction. He also had pretty nice mutton chops. Rainey was born into slavery in 1832 in Georgetown, … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Joseph Rainey the first African American in the House

Facial Hair Friday: Santa Claus

Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver in the National Archives History Office. It’s the holiday season, and you are likely to see jolly old fat men with big fluffy white beards dressed in red suits. This iconic image of Santa Claus, a man who flies around the world in his sleigh pulled by magic reindeer … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Santa Claus

Facial Hair Friday: George Washington Carver’s Nuts for Peanuts!

Today’s a twofer—it’s #ArchivesHarvest day and Facial Hair Friday! We’re looking back at a very well known botanist in American history, George Washington Carver. Today’s post comes from Danielle Sklarew from the National Archives History Office. Not only could George Washington Carver masterfully grow crops, but he was also extremely talented at cultivating a superb … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: George Washington Carver’s Nuts for Peanuts!

Facial Hair Friday: Simón Bolívar, Latin American Revolutionary

Today’s Facial Hair Friday post comes from Danielle Sklarew from the National Archives History Office. There are no photographs of Simón Bolívar since photography did not exist during his life; however, almost every existing painting depicts him with intense sideburns. The painting of Bolívar hanging in President Harry Truman’s office during his Presidency was no … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Simón Bolívar, Latin American Revolutionary

Facial Hair Friday: Charles Dickens

Today we’re celebrating both Facial Hair Friday and #ArchivesBackToSchool on Twitter. Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver from the National Archives History Office. As summer draws to an end and students go back to school, you may recall some of your favorite novels from English class. One name that is almost certainly familiar to students, … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Charles Dickens

Facial Hair Friday: Walt Disney, Presidential Aficionado

Today’s Facial Hair Friday post comes from Danielle Sklarew, an intern from the National Archives History Office. He built a media empire. His name is internationally known. His company’s products are loved. He almost always kept a mustache on his face. His name is Walter Disney, but you probably known him better as Walt. Born … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Walt Disney, Presidential Aficionado

Facial Hair Friday: Uncle Sam, the Bearded Man

Today’s post comes from Paige Weaver and Danielle Sklarew, summer interns in the National Archives History Office. One hundred years after the production of this poster, everyone’s favorite uncle, Uncle Sam, turned 242 years old this July 4. Sporting an outfit adorned with stars and stripes, he runs toward battle, undeterred by the red, white, … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Uncle Sam, the Bearded Man