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Facial Hair Friday: That’s not a real beard, Santa!

Personnel on the USS Lexington, December 1944 (ARC 520912)

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 the beach sweating under a large white beard, we just know that’s really Santa on vacation.

We have lots of pictures of the jolly old elf in our holdings. Santa Claus was a popular figure for World War II advertisments to encourage citizens to buy war bonds. No word on whether his snowy-white beard was the deciding factor in buying them, but I bet it made buying them more like a Christmas gift and less like a patriotic duty.

But my favorite image of Santa Claus from our holdings is the one above.

The original captions reads: “Personnel of USS LEXINGTON celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a firefighting, helmeted Santa Claus, 12/1944.”

These young men were away from home over the holidays in 1944, but they still managed to bring the spirit of St. Nick to their ship during wartime. Someone took the time to make paper chains and paper tree, and hang a hand-drawn sign. And what else embodies the Christmas spirit like making your fellow serviceman … [ Read all ]

FHF: Santa in the 70s

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Santa Cruz, California. From Record Group 412: Records of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1944-2006. (412-DA-731; ARC 543224)

 

They just lit up the White House Christmas tree here in Washington, DC, and temperatures here have taken a North Pole-style turn for the worse (I am beginning to wonder if I’ll need to knit myself a neard).

So, here at Facial Hair Friday, I thought it might be time to do a search for “Santa” in ARC. After all, that jolly old elf has a very famous and lush beard.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa!

Well, Santa Cruz in California. A place where it is warm and sunny and this extremely hip cat from 1972 is enjoying on an amusement park ride with his family. And he is sporting an Afro, mutton chops, goatee, and an attitude of awesome, proving that it was possible to be cool in the 70s.

Great facial hair grown after the 1860s! It warms the cockles of my chilly heart.… [ Read all ]