This self portrait, with carefully groomed mustache in the center, is a glamorous photo of a hardworking, groundbreaking photographer. James Stephen “Steve” Wright was from a working-class family in Washington, DC. By the 1940s he was head of photographic operations for the Federal Works Agency. But like many young black men at the time, he [...]
Posted by Hilary on February 22, 2013, under - Civil Rights, Facial Hair Fridays, Prologue Magazine.
Tags: African Americans, federal government, Fernleigh Graninger, Harold Ickes, mustache, Nicholas Natason, photographers, photography, Randolph MacDougall, State Department, Steve Wright, UN, Whitney Keith
In the late 1700s, as Americans fought for their independence, most men were clean-shaven. As we moved into the 1800s, however, facial hair—elaborate facial hair, at that—came back into style. Despite this shift, many men remained clean-shaven. A smooth face was often considered more professional and refined, but facial hair denoted ruggedness. It is not [...]
Posted by Nikita on December 14, 2012, under - Civil War, Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: abraham lincoln, Cabinet, Caleb Blood Smith, civil war, John Usher, mustache, Postmaster General, Salmon Chase, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of the Treasury, secretary of war, Simon Cameron, William H. Seward, William H. Seward Jr.
It was a long, hard journey to the United States in the early 20th century, but even a successful voyage did not guarantee that the immigrant would be able to enter or stay. Deportation was a threat. When immigrants were deported, it could be because of serious crime like murder or petty crime like theft. [...]
Don’t be fooled by the sleepy demeanor of this mustachioed man. It’s 1933, and the world is changing. And the Federal Government would be recording these changes on April 1, 1940. Over 120,000 enumerators would fan out across 48 states and 2 territories, with copies of this Federal Decennial Census Population Schedule. They would use [...]
Posted by Hilary on March 30, 2012, under - Great Depression, Facial Hair Fridays, Genealogy, News and Events.
Tags: 1940 census, Anna May Wong, April 2, census, Depression, Dorothea Lange, federal government, live webcast, mustache
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With all the hoopla over the upcoming release of the 1940 census on April 2, we haven’t really been thinking about facial hair all that much. But then fellow National Archives staff member Jeannie (of the OurPresidents tumblr blog) sent me this photograph, and genealogy, facial hair, and St. Patrick’s Day all [...]