MOVEMBER SPECIAL: Celebrating the Thompson-Okanagan's many moustachioed mayors

Vernon's early mayors sported an array of different looks when it came to moustaches.
Image Credit: Vernon Museum and Archives

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Looking for a little Movember inspiration? Look no further than some of the Thompson-Okanagan’s former mayors.

In celebration of Movember, The Greater Vernon Museum and Archive's education coordinator, Gabriel Newman, has been highlighting some of the impressive moustaches that belonged to Vernon's former mayors.

"These men sported some spectacular moustaches, they truly do look mayoral," Newman says.

He’s been posting a different mayor once a week on the museum’s Instagram account, in recognition of Movember, a campaign that supports men's health. 

Here is a sample some of the moustaches Newman has discovered in the museum’s 30,000 plus photo database of Vernon’s past.

Just for fun, we included some moustachioed mayors from Penticton, Kelowna and Kamloops as well — although we have to say, Vernon’s are the moustachiest.

(Vernon photo captions courtesy of Gabriel Newman)

There is just so much going on with this mayoral moustache which belonged to C.F. Costerton, mayor of Vernon 1921-1923:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 3970.

Mayor James A. Martin in 1895 has quite a pelt attached to his lip and chin:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 411

This slim hirsute appendage belonged to Mr. F. Adrian Meyer, Vernon mayor in 1896:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 412.

This impressive soup strainer belonged to W.J. Armstrong, Vernon mayor in 1897:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 413.

This trim lip rug belonged to G. Alers Hankey, Vernon mayor in 1902: 

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 414.

Surprise! This lady tickler belonged to Mr. H.G. Muller, Vernon mayor in 1905 and the former owner of the Coldstream Hotel:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 416.

Mayor Timmins was sporting this frisky little lip lizard back in 1908:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 417.

This mayoral moustache is a debonair push broom which belonged to Mr. W.T. Shatford, local General Store owner and Vernon mayor in 1898:

Image Credit: Vernon Museum Photo Number 425.

Other styles from around the Interior

Here, C.E. Oliver, Penticton's mayor from 1957 to 1961, can be seen sporting a trim little lip warmer:

Image Credit: Contributed/ City of Penticton

Here, Kelowna's first mayor of 1905 Henry Raymer sports a good old fashioned walrus stash:

Image Credit:

Kamloops' first mayor, Sibree Clarke, turned heads with this classy moustache: 

Image Credit: Kamloops Museum Photo Number 544

Matthew Crawford, Kamloops mayor from 1914 to 1915, was well-groomed with a slick comb-over and dignified moustache:

Image Credit: Kamloops Museum Photo Number 1928.

R.H. Lee, Kamloops' mayor from 1894 to 1896, goes for a slightly scruffy, but still dignified look with this chin strap and moustache combo:

Image Credit: Kamloops Museum Photo Number 2856.

Who wore it best? Let us know in the comments below which mayor you think had the best moustache of the last century. 

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