The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#92) - The Mustache That Wouldn't Quit

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

A moustache like this just needs to be shared! I picked up this vintage cabinet card from eBay, one of my preferred sources of random photographs. I know nothing about it other than what is stamped on the back:

N.E. Allen


Leslie, - Mich


And, just for fun, here are a few other photographs of mustachioed and bearded men.

The back of this next photo is stamped:


240 Main St.

Orange, N.J.


If you can get past the “crazy eyes” of this next one you can appreciate his outstanding beard. Nothing is printed on the back. The only identification is what you see at the bottom on the front, which identifies the photography studio as “A.J. Dawdy” on the West side of Main St. in Goshen, IN.


And, finally, here are a few other examples of amazing facial hair from my own family tree. Enjoy!

I believe this is MIGHT be my 3rd great uncle, David Costlow (1853-1924) and his wife, but I am still investigating to make sure. There are some things that aren’t quite adding up about this photo yet though.

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I am not sure who this next couple is, but the man has an impressive mustache. I think he is most likely one of the many Costlow men in my family tree.

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That is my 3rd great grandfather Rhinard Rhoads (1833-1920) on the right with, I think, the same David Costlow that was in the photo two back. They are both labeled that. Though they look similar, I am not completely convinced.

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What are some of the most impressive mustaches and beards in your family tree? I would love to see some pictures!