I was going to try to find another bearded man to feature, but it's practically Christmas Eve, and let's face it, Santa Claus has the most famous beard (and reindeer) of all. It's like a giant cloud of fluffy white snow around his chin. It's his defining characteristic. In the middle of July when there's an older gentleman on … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: That’s not a real beard, Santa!
If you visited the National Archives in Washington, DC, last year and waited in line on the Constitution Avenue side of the building on your way to see our Charters of Freedom, you may have seen a red cart with a big red umbrella and a sign that says "Ask the Question." And now, you … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Our very own beard!
Walt Whitman, ca. 1860-ca. 1865 (111-B-2245). Song of My Beard (with apologies to the original Whitman poem!) 1. I celebrate my beard, and sing my beard, And what I grow you shall grow For every follicle belonging to me as good as belongs to you. I loafe and stroke my beard I lean and stroke … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Sounding the bearded YAWP
Today's Facial Hair Friday is not a case of mistaken identity. Jefferson Davis was arrested for murder. But this Jefferson Davis was not the president of the Confederate States. This one was a Union officer, with nearly the same name. Jefferson Columbus Davis was a brigadier general in the Union Army when he shot and … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: A bushy beard, a murder, and a missing arm