The Balbo beard style was popularized by the Italian Marshal of the Air Force – Italo Balbo and was worn by many German and Italian military officials in the late 19th century.
When it was first introduced in the 17th century the “Van Dyke” gained huge popularity but unfortunately, it quickly lost it.
The mark of the jazzmen, beatniks, and hippies, the soul patch started its glory days back in the 1950s. It's also known as the 'mouche' or 'the jazz dot' because it was mostly related to African-American musicians that thought of it as a great beard for rocking the trumpet. The first harbinger for the soul patch