8 Male Hipsters of Missouri History

12, January 2017

When one thinks of hipster guys, ironic facial hair and glasses spring to mind. But these eight images prove that people have been thumbing their noses at convention since “diesel” meant only one thing—and it's not a trucker hat. By all means, mimic the boy showing off his talented stilt-walking skills, or dress like the man roller-skating down the street.

1. Beer Me

Vertical black-and-white portrait of two men drinking Louis Obert Gold beer.A portrait of two men drinking Louis Obert Gold beer, ca. 1905–1915. Photo by Richard Gruss. Missouri History Museum.

This is one classy happy hour—now pick those bottles up off the floor, already!

2. German Pride

A vertical black-and-white portrait of a man in lederhosen and a Tyrolean hat.Unidentified young man in lederhosen and a Tyrolean hat. Photo by Richard Gruss. Missouri History Museum.

Is this guy headed to Oktoberfest, or are these duds his everyday clothes? The world may never know.

3. Mischief Makers

Black and white photo of two boys in front of a lake. Two boys mug for the camera before a performance of the Pageant and Masque of St. Louis, 1914. Missouri History Museum.

"No, we will not take our seats!" These two are clearly the stars of their own show.

4. Porch Drinkers

Black and white photo of two men standing on the wooden porch of a stone building hoisting mugs of beer.Two men standing on a porch, hoisting mugs of beer, 1882. Photo by David Carlisle Humphreys. Missouri History Museum.

What’s better: their beards, or the size of their beers? Either way, this picture is proof that porch drinking has pretty much always been a thing.

5. Skater Boy

Vertical sepia photo of a man in a large hat roller-skating down the sidewalk. . Man in theatrical costume roller-skating on a sidewalk, ca. 1905–1915. Photo by William H. Trefts. Missouri History Museum.

We're 99 percent certain we've seen this guy at Tower Grove Park.

6. Lamb vs. Man

A black-and-white portrait of a man in a polka-dot cravat and a coat trimmed in lamb's wool.Unidentified man in a polka-dot cravat and coat trimmed in lamb's wool. Photo by Thomas Easterly. Missouri History Museum.

He wore an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, polka-dot cravat(tie). It totally goes with that sweet coat.

7. Stilt Walker

Vertical black-and-white photo of a boy on stilts. Boy with stilts standing in front of the F. J. Voepel Market at 4874 Easton Avenue, ca. 1901–1911. Missouri History Museum.

Those kids on the right start begging for a turn on the stilts in five . . . four . . . three . . . two. . . .

8. Flower Fans

Black-and-white photo of workers making floral arrangements backstage at the Fox Theatre.Workers making floral arrangements backstage at the Fox Theatre, ca. 1924–1934. Photo by W. C. Persons. Missouri History Museum.

Smoking cigars and arranging flowers—sounds like an ideal job for any gender!

—Anna Edwards, Communications Intern

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