History’s Most Famous Facial Hair

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History’s Most Famous Facial Hair

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 history of man is marked by many great achievements—fire, the wheel, Netflix On-Demand. During the course of all of this, though, there have also been many evolutions, advancements, and watershed moments in an area that all (well, most) men can share a common bond: facial hair. Yes, over time, beards, mustaches, and sideburns have gone in and out of style, been grown to new extremes, and taken on larger-than-life personas that have even overshadowed the men to whose faces they’re attached.

And in this current era where business meets the beard (groom at your own discretion, fellas), it’s only fitting that we run through three centuries of some of the finest, most iconic facial fur we can remember. So here is the definitive list, with the exception of many mugs that did not make the cut. (Get it? Facial hair? Hair cut? Okay, moving right along.)

See also: The Best Celebrity Facial Hair>>


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