Category: Medical, dental



Handwriting on this implies that it is from 1939. The red rubber stamp appears to show “Feb. 27 39” with “MOR” initials. At the top, the writing may mean “Circulate in retail stores 3 Oz. size, ” again with the “MOR” initials. Perhaps “3-1-39” initialed by “KFM” means that whatever was requested was done. This might be an ad or a store display sign (suggested by the arrow at the lower right). Anyway, the image of the fellow with a big head is eye-catching and effective. The image source is unknown.

A more traditional advertisement is shown below.


Ad appearing in April 15, 1939 issue of Liberty: .

Source: Charles Perrien
Restoration by: Charles Perrien


Painless Parker

17feb18painless Required to only practice dentistry in California under one’s actual name, Edgar Rudolph Randolph Parker legally changed it to his nickname Painless Parker. He was controversial mainly for his advertising and his operation as a corporate dentist (multiple offices with his name but employing other dentists to do the work). His Los Angeles office opened in 1912 and was still there under his name in 1939.

Learn more at or download this 2015 article from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: go to , then search for “Painless Parker” 2015 . Apparently it can’t be linked directly.