WMU Beard Styles Through The Years

Timeline created by Rheid Wilson
  • The Clean Shave

    The Clean Shave
    Male WMU students were seen exclusively with a clean shave. This style would carry through the decades. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, WMU Yearbook 1909
  • The Clean Shave Part II

    The Clean Shave Part II
    The clean shave trend carried into the teens as male WMU students were depicted with no facial hair during the World War I era. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1918
  • The Mustache

    The Mustache
    The mustache became a popular facial hair style for male WMU students in the 1920s to go along with the clean shave. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1925
  • The Mustache Part II

    The Mustache Part II
    The mustache continued into the 1930s and brought along the goatee as well. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1934
  • The Clean Shave Part III

    The Clean Shave Part III
    The clean shave returned for male students enrolled in WMU after World War II. The style carried over from soldiers who needed to be clean shaven to use their gas masks without obstruction, according to WiseBeards.com. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1947
  • The Clean Shave Part IV

    The Clean Shave Part IV
    Once again the clean shave steamrolled its way to the most popular facial hair style during the 1950s at WMU. Western Michigan University. Archives and Regional History Collections.

    Ward Morgan Photography Collection: Southwest Michigan Images from 1939-1980
  • The Clean Shave Part V : The Mustache Part III

    The Clean Shave Part V : The Mustache Part III
    The mustache appeared among African American students and the clean shave made a return as well. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1965
  • Anything Goes Part I

    Anything Goes Part I
    Male students were being seen wearing full beards, as well as many different styles and variations. Digitization Center Western Michigan University Libraries, Yearbook 1974
  • Anything Goes Part II

    Anything Goes Part II
    There is no particular facial hair style more popular than the other in present times. Any beard style can be seen on Campus of WMU in 2017. Western Michigan University/WMU news