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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Whether it be beards, mustaches, burnsides, goatees, sideburns, or the good ol’ mutton chops, every first Friday of the month we’ll bring you the finest facial hair from the holdings of National Archives. Why are we bringing back Facial Hair Friday? It is fate—two recent posts had photos of John Alexander Logan, and while looking at … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday Returns!
October is American Archives Month! We're celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts about the Presidential libraries. The records created by Presidents while in office will become part of the National Archives, and eventually will be used by researchers. Here's how it happens! Today’s post comes … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway and the JFK Library
Today’s blog post comes from Katrina Wood, a summer intern with the Public Affairs Office. As I took a self-guided tour of Embassy Row in Washington, DC, and paused at the statue of Winston Churchill at the British Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue, I thought of all the diplomats and representatives who have made homes in … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Sir Frederick Bruce