Pioneer Spirit

On August 27, 1953, these three men were chosen as winners in Tacoma's Washington Centennial Celebration's beard growing contest. Syl Uhl, Homer R. Parks, and Warren Lasley (from left) wasted no time in using their prizes, Remington electric shavers, to shear off a month's worth of hair. The fourth winner, Thomas M. Racca, was not pictured above. Men were encouraged to part with shaving and grow beards during the month of August to honor the pioneer spirit of the Centennial. Contests were held district wide and the 52 finalists from the 18 districts competed to place in one of four categories: longest, homeliest, goofiest and handsomest hirsuteness.

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