|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
Reportedly an ethnic trait of Celts and Gauls, the walrus moustache enjoyed immense popularity among men in the latter part of the 19th and early years of the 20th centuries. Gentlemen ranging from scientists to philosophers to politicians often favored the rugged look that the style created.
After falling out of favor in the 1920s it enjoyed a temporary resurgence during the youth counterculture revolution of the 1960s. Today, the walrus moustache is considered more of a quirky look than one of refinement.
In some instances, the facial hair of the walrus moustache not only drops over the mouth but also extends downward at each corner. The hair line may wrap around the cheeks and connect to sideburns the same thickness, as worn by the man they are named for, Ambrose Burnside.
American author Mark Twain, Rock legends David Crosby and John Lennon, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Television host Jamie Hyneman, Polish politicians Józef Piłsudski, Lech Wałęsa and former professional hockey player Lanny McDonald all sported iconic walrus moustaches.
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