From sideburns symbolizing rebellion to beards that carry a massive mythology, the past proves that a man’s facial fur can take on a life of its own. So read on for MF’s take on the 13 most meaningful—or just plain memorable—sets of whiskers.
The modern mustache took a simpler approach at the turn of the 20th century, when the “toothbrush” style was popularized in America. Unlike the Imperial, the Walrus, the Kaiser, and several other extravagant staches before it, the toothbrush cut corners (literally) with a low-maintenance look popularized by society’s elite. The style was most regarded on Charlie Chaplin, who dug the toothbrush for its comical appearance—and also because it didn’t hide his many facial expressions. Alas, a guy named Adolf came along and totally changed the perception of the inch-long stache, and the style is rarely seen these days. (Thanks a lot, Hitler.)