It’s officially Movember, which means that stalwart fellows across the country will be growing out the area above their upper lips, whether to promote awareness about prostate and testicular cancer initiatives or just to promote their manliness to their friends. But the young men of the current day have nothing on the mustaches of yore, whether famous literary moustaches or, as we’ve collected here, the lip-beards of historical figures (and we’re sorry ladies, but Tom Selleck is not a historical figure). Click through to see our nominations for the ten greatest moustaches from the history books, and if we’ve missed your favorite, add him on in the comments.
One of only four US presidents with standalone moustaches (you’ll meet another further on in this list), Roosevelt’s bristle was prodigious, the perfect size and shape for riding a bull moose through the water. Just our opinion, of course.