Whateveryoucall it was not an old-fashioned, but not unheard of style in the 1920s. It is worthy of note that Charlie Chaplain has the same sort of cookie duster, but nobody ever calls it a ‘Charlie Chaplain Mustache,’ instead our minds always leap to ol’ Adolph.
There was indeed a very good reason why Hitler sported the moustache he did. During the First World War, he sported a magnificient creation modelled after Kaiser Wilhelm. But Hitler felt betrayed by Wilhelm (and indeed Germany) for ultimately losing the war, and subsequently shaved his moustache to its more recognisable size as a political statement.
Or so the Hitlermentary Channel tells me. I’ve spent far too many evenings watching TV in strange hotel rooms, and there’s nothing I don’t know about killer sharks or Hitler’s Last Days In The Bunker. It’s how I learned a little Dutch: “Nieuw! Dinsdag avond op Fox Acht - Extreme Hitler Machines!”
Hitler actually had more like a handlebar mustache during World War I (Adolph is seated at the far right). His friend, Putzi Hanfstaengl, reported urging Hitler to grow a real mustache, but Hitler refused, saying that the fact he was wearing it would make it popular.
Charlie Chaplin’s moustache was seen as another mark of the Tramp’s affected gentility; evidently it was more of a middle- or upper-class style than a working man style. I recently heard an Eddie Izzard routine where he says Chaplin “had been taking the piss out of that moustache for years” before Hitler decided to wear it.
Yes! I was at the Oakland airport about 2-3 months ago and saw a man with an unmistakeable Hitler mustache. He was sitting across from me, sitting in a business suit, talking on a cell phone. I couldn’t help but stare; the mustache alone made him seem like a carbon copy of Hitler. Believe me, living in Northern California, you don’t get shocked by stuff very often, but I was shocked at seeing this in front of me. The Hitler mustache is such a loaded image, so rife with extremely negative connotations that when I saw it, it seemed implausible to me that this guy could lead a normal lifestyle (have a job, kids, wife, friends, etc.) with this thing on his face. I think I probably gawked at him for 5 minutes. I couldn’t help but wonder if he was talking to neo-Nazi militia members on the phone. It’s sad that I immediately wanted to jump to such conclusions, but it seems hard to believe that anyone could be oblivious enough to the connotations-- or headstrong enough not to care-- to sport this thing in broad daylight and not have some sort of message to convey.
Thank you for your reply… I definitely would have stared too!
Too bad the moustache and the swastika have to be associated with Hitler/evil… am I mistaken or wasn’t the swastika first used by Native Americans? I find it funny that Joss Whedon fans use the term “brown shirts” to identify themselves… isn’t that a common synonym for “Nazi”?
In one of his “Male Call” strips during WWII, Milton Caniff called it “the OCS Toothbrush” (OCS = Officer’s Candidate School), and credited Hitler with one Good Act – “putting the stink on the OCS Toothbrush”.
It’s a symbol that came from Aryan tradition, and became part of East Indian symbology. It’s a symbol of good luck, and to this day you can see it all over the place if you go to India. Almost every single commerical truck has the symbol on it, and many other things do too; I have dinnerware that has the swastika embossed on the bottom. However, one difference is that the Indian swastika goes counterclockwise.