Although Brigham Young was eliminated from the final runoff when he lost to Joseph F. Smith in the “Patriarchal Beard” category of our recent contest, he did have a notable, distinguished patriarchal-style beard. (Anyone know how long it would have taken him to grow one that long?)
This portrait is a familiar one, used, for example, on the cover of the Teachings manual from a few years ago.
His own family didn’t like the picture, though.
Children and grandchildren living in 1932 who remembered Brigham Young claimed that he wore such a beard only a few times in his life, that ordinarily it was much shorter, much neater, much less caricature-worthy.
They especially disliked that the long-bearded portrait was used on so many postcards, fixing that image in the minds of thousands of people who had never seen any other likeness.
So it was with some relief that they greeted a new postcard published in Salt Lake City in 1932, one that showed Brigham the way they remembered him. A published announcement said that “the picture secured for the new post card fittingly portrays the character of the Church leader. The new card will replace the former picture in various places in the west where cards are displayed and it is expected to have a wide circulation.”
That is all. No story. Just a note.