Novelist, editor and journalist Frank Harris, whose portrait was taken by Alvin Langdon Coburn on December 8, 1913, in London.
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For this week’s Mustache Monday - the first in the month of Movember (no that’s not a typo) - we have another unidentified man whose portrait is in the A.G. Spalding Baseball Collection. This means he has something to do with either cricket or baseball, but we don’t know much more. The inscription along the bottom of the photo reads, “Bailey, San Fran co.”
albumen print ; 10 x 6 cm. The A.G. Spalding Baseball Collection. NYPL, Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photograph.
Are you gearing up for the start of the NFL season on Wednesday, when our own New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys? In anticipation, for this week’s Mustache Monday we bring you Walter Camp, “The American authority on football and other sporting matters.”
According to the Walter Camp Football Foundation website,
The year 1906 was one of the most momentous in the history of football. The game was under heavy fire for the brutality of its close order, mass momentous play, in which physical force was all important, and skill and science had little part. As the leader of the American Football Rules Committee, Camp played a leading role in adoption of far reaching changes that opened up the game, including introduction of the forward pass that brought about a revolutionary change in the pattern of play that was to add immensely to its popularity, and so saved the game.
Thus Walter Camp was not only the sire of American football but also a savior.
Football fans: your thoughts?
This week we have another military-themed Mustache Monday. Really, how could we not? Look at that ‘stache!
Presley M. Rixey served as the surgeon general for the US Navy from 1902-10 as well as acting as White House physician for Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. He attended McKinley after the president was shot in Buffalo on September 6, 1901, an injury that proved fatal.
This adorable pup was the mascot of the 69th New York. His keeper sports a terrific handlebar mustache we think makes him quite worthy of a Mustache Monday entry.
The photo was taken at Camp Black on Long Island, which was formed to support the Spanish American war of 1898. The “Fighting 69th” trained there and elsewhere, but the war ended before they saw action. (More here.)
Stay tuned ‘til later today for a photo of another adorable canine mascot of the 69th.
Photo by William M. Van der Weyde (William Manley), NYPL Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.
For this week’s Mustache Monday, we’re featuring the work of social documentary photographer Lewis W. Hine, who spent much of his career covering the life and work of immigrants to the United States. The NYPL holds a large collection of his prints, many of which have been digitized.
Above is a photo study of “Italian worker on New York State Barge Canal, 1912”.
In the Olympic spirit, this week’s Mustache Monday features Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympics Committee.
Courtesy of the NYPL’s “The Pageant of America” Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
When a movie actor can make a picture, talk and see his audience at the same time — that ‘s something out of the world of tomorrow. Here’s Adolph [sic] Menjou doing just that, in the A.T. & T. exhibit at the New York World’s Fair after his lucky number had come up and he’d won a free long distance call to the director of his next picture in Hollywood.
“Everybody’s listening in and it’s just like telephoning from a goldfish bowl,” he’s telling David Butler, R.K.O. director.
This text is from the reverse side of a publicity photo from the 1939 World’s Fair. Adolphe Menjou was a prolific film actor in the early 20th century, appearing in films including The Three Musketeers (1921) and A Star is Born (1937). And what a mustache!
Happy Mustache Monday!