Now matter how dapper, the 19th century male was Manly, with a capital “M.” One of the best distinctions between men and the fairer sex is the ability to sprout facial hair. Beards and mustaches have been around long before the razor was invented. It was the norm for men to wear facial hair and clean shaven fellas were considered effeminate and not truly masculine. While a full beard is just a full beard, the 19th century exploded in variations and styles never before seen and hopefully will never return! Below are some great examples both awesome and awful.