Mustaches of Note - Elihu Vedder

By Jennifer Snyder
May 25, 2010
Photograph of Elihu Vedder

Elihu Vedder is featured in the most recent installment of Mustaches of Note.

Vedder with a bicycle
Elihu Vedder with a bicycle, ca. 1910 / unidentified photographer. Elihu Vedder papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Doesn’t he look ready to jump on his bicycle and join a modern day Tweed Ride?*

Elihu Vedder is best known for his illustrations of the 1884 edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. You can browse his digitized papers in our collections online. If you happen to be in Washington, DC you can visit some murals by Vedder in the Library of Congress, in the Thomas Jefferson building outside the Main Reading Room.

*More on the Tweed Ride in DC last fall from the Washington Post and DCist—and there is a Seersucker Social on June 12!


Jennifer Snyder works with oral history interviews at the Archives American Art. When not sending interviews out for digitization, she is writing about extraordinary examples of facial hair for this blog.


You might also enjoy the Mustaches of the 19th Century blog. You are not alone in your enthusiasm for extraordinary examples of old-timey facial hair.

Thanks for the link, Kate. I love that site and it served as inspiration to me when I was thinking of things to write about for this blog. Have you seen the new feature on the National Archives blog, <a href="; rel="nofollow">Facial Hair Friday</a>?

looks like my Father...

Wow Kate, thanks for the link. That's an amazing collection of photos you've got there. I guess the thought of shaving didn't exist back then.

Related to Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam?