The U.S. Army Had a Beard Contest In 1941, and These Are the Entries

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In 1941, just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the men at Fort Stotsenburg in the Philippines had a beard contest. “The Unwritten Record,” a blog run by The National Archives, wrote about the recent find, saying the charming footage was “nestled among shots of city streets and training exercises.”

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The memo announcing the contest was brief:

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Look how proud these two beardless men were to have pinned it on the board!

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Though there’s no audio, you don’t need ears to comprehend the glory in beards like this one:

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Or this one:

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Ooooh, what about this one:

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Look at all of ‘em!

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Though we have no idea who won (apparently that part wasn’t worth documenting), I’m fairly certain it wasn’t this guy:

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Thanks to the miracle of digitization, the entire film documenting the event is available on YouTube in truly glorious HD.


Contact the author at bobby@jezebel.com.

Images via screengrab.

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