The Mighty Moustaches of the Early Scientific American Archives [Slide Show]
The moustache was a controversial facial adornment in the early days of
Scientific American, but the magazine contained some spectacular specimens nonetheless Credits: Scientific American
Sir William Crookes, 1919: Crookes was a chemist and physicist who researched spectroscopy and radioactivity. "His striking combination of diverse gifts, keen observation, patient and inexhaustible experimental skill, together with the glowing mind and imagination of a poet, have assured him for all time a settled place in the great list of English men of science," according to his
Scientific American obituary. Scientific American
Professor Henry Walter Nernst, 1911: A
Scientific American article by William J. Humphreys described Nernst's contributions to physical chemistry, including research on solubility, the effect of temperature on chemical reactions and how electric cells work. Scientific American
Emperor William in the uniform he designed by himself for his journey into Palestine, 1898.
Emperor William's uniform design, 1898: "Since so much has been said by the press about the German Emperor's journey to Palestine, we think our readers may be interested in the accompanying engraving and description (for which we are indebted to the
Illustrirte Zeitung) of the uniform designed for his use in tropical climates." The (moustachioed) cartoons demonstrate possible problems in uniform design, along with their solutions. Scientific American Advertisement
Nikola Tesla lecturing before the French Physical Society and International Society of Electricians: The father of alternating current had a thick, dashing moustache.
Mummy of Ramses II, 1886: In an article about the discovery of the mummy of Ramses II,
Scientific American wrote, "The mustache and beard are thin. They seem to have been kept shaven during life, but were probably allowed to grow during the king's last illness, or they may have grown after death. The hairs are white, like those of the head and eyebrows, but are harsh and bristly, and from two to three millimeters in length." Scientific American
Henry Morton Stanley, 1885: These steely eyes and thick moustache belong to the explorer who found David Livingstone in present-day Tanzania.
Gustave Doré, 1883: In
Scientific American's obituary of the prominent French illustrator, the author wrote, "Of the illustrations, those especially which deal with the weird, the romantic, the stupendous, the dramatic in nature or art, evince genius hardly to be matched for fertility and facility." Scientific American Advertisement
Ben R. Foster, 1878: The "
Scientific American Chess Record" is a rich source of epic moustaches, including this one sported by Foster, then the new head of the chess department of the Saint Louis Globe-– Democrat. "[A]lthough he speaks modestly of his services and talents, we know him as a practical player and problemist who understands the subject of which he writes and who has already taken such a prominent part in Western chess that our editorial gallery would be incomplete without his portrait." Scientific American
William Steinitz, 1877: This portrait of Steinitz accompanied the "
Scientific American Chess Record" column on September 29, 1877, along with accounts of famous chess games he had played. Scientific American
Samuel Loyd, 1877: Loyd edited the "
Scientific American Chess Record," an approximately weekly feature from August 1877 to July 1878. Scientific American
Moustache guard, 1872: "It is a curved plate, of hard rubber or other suitable material, adapted to the form of the upper lip, so that, being suspended in front thereof, the flange will take under the moustache, and hold is so as not to interfere with eating and drinking. Kissing, although not claimed in the patent, might perhaps also be rendered more easy and satisfactory by its use."
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Moustache spoon, 1864: "A moustache is an ornament to the human face divine, under ordinary circumstances, but when it is drenched in a cup of smoking coffee or emerges dripping from the cream, as Venus rose from the sea, the wearer of it is placed in an embarrassing position." In this spoon, "the bridge over the center prevents the disagreeable results alluded to, and supports the moustache in its passage over the savory food."
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