In honor of #Facial Hair Friday and Movember, check out these images of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s magnificent mustache over the years.
The first photograph, taken in 1872 when Holmes was in his early 30s, shows him the same year he married his wife, Fanny Bowditch Dixwell. His mustache is off to a good start:
The second image shows Holmes in his mid-50s, during his tenure on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. By this time, he’d upped his earlier mustache game in both length and fullness:
The final photograph was taken in 1931, on his 90th birthday. He stands in front of a wall of books in what appears to be his Washington, D.C. office. His mustache is now white and bushy, and extends well beyond the confines of his face:
Explore more of Holmes and his mustache in Harvard’s online image catalog, HOLLIS Images, https://bit.ly/hollisimages.