Handsome Devils, or, Whiskers and the Men Who Wore Them

As we on the CLIR survey team have discovered in the hundreds of photographs we have encountered since beginning our work last April, the gentlemen and ladies who strolled the streets of 19th-century Brooklyn took great care to stay up on the hottest fashions of the day.  For the gents, this often involved the sporting of some truly impressive and daring facial hair styles.  I thought I might take this opportunity to share but a modest sampling of the mustaches, beards, and sideburns that have evoked our admiration and/or bewilderment.  Let these photographs be a testament to the hidden power waiting to be unleashed on the faces of 21st-century Brooklynites who dare to call themselves gentlemen…

Possibly the Reverend Theodore Russell Ludlow.  V1991.75.47, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Possibly the Reverend Theodore Russell Ludlow. V1991.75.47, Brooklyn Historical Society.

H. Walker. Prohibition Collection, 1977.127, Brooklyn Historical Society.

H. Walker. Brooklyn Prohibition Collection, 1977.127, Brooklyn Historical Society.

James Watt.  James Watt family papers, ARC.103, Brooklyn Historical Society.

James Watt. James Watt family papers, ARC.103, Brooklyn Historical Society.

S.C. Barnes.  Rev. Edwin Warriner papers, 1977.255, Brooklyn Historical Society.

S.C. Barnes. Rev. Edwin Warriner papers, 1977.255, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual.  Old First Class of Wilson Street School records, ARC.107, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual. Old First Class of Wilson Street School records, ARC.107, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual.  Charles Stuart Booth family papers, ARC.154, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual. Charles Stuart Booth family papers, ARC.154, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual.  Brooklyn Prohibition collection, 1977.127, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual. Brooklyn Prohibition collection, 1977.127, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual.  Charles Stuart Booth family papers, ARC.154, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Unidentified Individual. Charles Stuart Booth family papers, ARC.154, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Silas B. Dutcher, eminent Brooklyn businessman and public officer.  Silas B. Dutcher family papers, 1977.282, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Silas B. Dutcher, eminent Brooklyn businessman and public officer. Silas B. Dutcher family papers, 1977.282, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Dutcher, younger and less inhibited.  Silas B. Dutcher family papers, 1977.282, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Dutcher, younger and less inhibited. Silas B. Dutcher family papers, 1977.282, Brooklyn Historical Society.

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