Welcome to Movember!

Welcome to Movember! That’s no typo; we’re aware it’s November, but it’s also time for “Movember,” a month dedicated to raising awareness of men’s health issues. The “mo” part comes from the word “moustache,” since the most visible sign of participation in Movember is to grow out one’s moustache or other facial hair.

Movember has precedents going back at least as far as 1999, but the concept has really taken off since 2004, when a group of young men in Australia founded the Movember Foundation. The organization quickly spread to other countries and has now raised millions of dollars for various charities. The group also sponsors events designed to increase early cancer detection and treatment, as well as other preventative health measures for men.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your new Movember look, check out these images from the Florida Photographic Collection:

 

Hiram Hampton, pistol-packing doctor, Tampa, ca. 1900

Hiram Hampton, a pistol-packing doctor from Tampa (circa 1900).

 

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

 

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee (1900).

 

Men without beards were caught and "punished" for fun, Lake City, 1959

These men would have been some serious Movember supporters! In this photo, they have some fun playfully harassing a non-bearded friend in Lake City (1959).

 

Former House Speaker, Fred Schultz (left), got a surprise when he returned to the House chambers for the traditional unveiling of the speaker's portrait. Minority leader Donald Reed of Boca Raton (right) substituted Mr. Schultz's portrait with that of the 1893 Speaker, John B. Johnson of Dade City.

Former House Speaker, Fred Schultz (left), got a surprise when he returned to the House chambers for the traditional unveiling of the speaker’s portrait. Minority leader Donald Reed of Boca Raton (right) substituted Mr. Schultz’s portrait with that of the 1893 Speaker, John B. Johnson of Dade City (photo 1971).

 

Portrait of "Eagle," Key West, 1977

Portrait of “Eagle” of Key West (1977).

No Shave November

Every November, men (and even some women) across the world put away their razors and let their hair grow out. The movement was started in 2003 by Movember, an Australian group, and has been growing ever since! In honor of Movember, here are some men with historically awesome facial hair.

Hiram Hampton, pistol-packing doctor, Tampa, ca. 1900

Hiram Hampton, pistol-packing doctor, Tampa, ca. 1900

 

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with curled mustache, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

 

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

Unidentified man with goatee, Tallahassee, ca. 1900

 

Men without beards were caught and "punished" for fun, Lake City, 1959

Men without beards were caught and “punished” for fun, Lake City, 1959

 

Former House Speaker, Fred Schultz (left), got a surprise when he returned to the House chambers for the traditional unveiling of the speaker's portrait. Minority leader Donald Reed of Boca Raton (right) substituted Mr. Schultz's portrait with that of the 1893 Speaker, John B. Johnson of Dade City.

Former House Speaker, Fred Schultz (left), got a surprise when he returned to the House chambers for the traditional unveiling of the speaker’s portrait. Minority leader Donald Reed of Boca Raton (right) substituted Mr. Schultz’s portrait with that of the 1893 Speaker, John B. Johnson of Dade City.

 

Portrait of "Eagle," Key West, 1977

Portrait of “Eagle,” Key West, 1977