A Marcel Wave and Malocclusion


This photobooth pair look like a very happy couple. This gent has the broadest of broad smiles and a fashionable dress sense. With marcel waves in her hair and prominent front teeth, his young lady would not be considered a beauty, but the smile on his face suggests she has a spark that we, as distant observers, may not be able to see.

Without the benefit of modern orthodontic techniques, I too, would have this same problem with upper palate over-crowding. It is interesting to note that in a person deemed attractive, this dental phenomenon is termed an “overbite”. Those deemed less visually appealing, get the pejorative label of “buck teeth”. The correct dental term is, I believe, malocclusion.

There is a Pinterest board for sexy women with overbites, nearly all actresses who’ve long disappeared from our screens, Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, in the third season of the TV series M*A*S*H whistfully mentions Gene Tierney’s overbite as sexy but I doubt we will see anymore thespians with this appealing, characteristic given the universal propensity towards conformity through cosmetic dentistry.

This Germany booth pic is dated September 1935.

  1. indeed, nothing a good set of braces wouldn’t fix!! I love a space between the front teeth myself!! Great photobooth shot!

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  2. I love pictures of happy couples, and this is certainly a nice example. When souls find each other is a beautiful thing indeed!


  3. What a lovely image! It is true that some 40-50 years ago the dental defects wouldn’t matter as much as they do now. People were missing teeth and it was not a big deal. I am glad for the progress, of course, but there is something more than a mere physical attractiveness that makes two people happy and beautiful in each other eyes.

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  4. Nothing short of stunning. The sheer joy! I so love this picture that i have saved a copy in the very very best of the web folder…


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