“Races” and Their Faces, 1906-Style

by Joey deVilla on January 30, 2008

Illustrations of “Race Types” from the 1906 book “New Complete Geography”
Click the photo to see it on its original Flickr page.

[Via Boing Boing] Here’s a page from the 1906 schoolbook New Complete Geography showing a number of various “races” and what they look like.

Note the inclusion of “Philippino” — probably included because the Philippines was an American protectorate at the time (one of the by-products of which was my great-grandfather, one James O’Hara, born near Dayton, Ohio). I thought I’d run the image of my kababayan (countryman) from the book side-by-side with my own smiling mug, just for kicks:

“Philippino” man from “New Complete Geography” side by side with Joey deVilla.

Should I swap my goatee for that splendiferous handlebar moustache from the illustration?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

darryl January 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

What’s a Nubian?

Wendy January 30, 2008 at 11:28 am

Aw, you didn’t do a picture of me next to the “Hebrew” guy.

Chris Taylor January 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Something unspeakable must have happened to Greek guys between 1906 and now.

Maria January 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I wonder if any of my relatives have a matador hat like the Spaniard’s, because relly, I don’t even think they own one!

Tom January 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

That kind of moustache requires waxing. A lot of work but memorable, for sure. If you ever need to evict widows and orphans from their homes, you’ll be all set!

torontobroad January 30, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Yes, you absolutely must have a handlebar moustache in this day and age.

Luke Francl January 31, 2008 at 12:07 am

I like how “Anglo-Saxon” was conveniently located top-center.

Also, facial hair has apparently gotten a lot less cool in the last 100 years.

Susan January 31, 2008 at 8:47 am

So I’d be the Scottish Highlander (all of my great grandparents lived there in 1906, so maybe one of them posed for this.) Actually, looks more like Frank, who’s not Scottish at all.

Wendy, maybe you should instead be pictured next to a Bostom Cream Pie. Sweet! And less facial hair!

madame l. February 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm


Betlehem Semahge November 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm

It says 15- 17 ….Ethiopian???

Here is an interesting video I came across on you tube

J_Sorel February 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

After seeing the picture of that “Spaniard” I ran to the nearest shop in order to purchase a torero hat. Now I wear it all the time and I feel like a real-real Spaniard… !olé¡

Albert Throckmorton DSO September 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Nubia is a region along the Nile river encompassing the area between Aswan in southern Egypt and Khartoum in central Sudan

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