“Painless Parker,” L.A’s celebrity dentist

I was reading a piece on the Esotouric website today about their fabulous find of a quack medical clinic at the Dutch chocolate shop, and it reminded me of what I found when I had a look around the former main office of “Painless Parker”, the early 20th century showman/dentist/marketing genius (and surely the only dentist to have a movie made about him – sort of).

It’s still operating as a dentist today and is as busy as ever: the kind Dr. Lee let me have a look around. I wrote a piece about it for BBC.com (it’s here), but they only published about half of what I submitted – I really got into the tale of Parker, who is almost forgotten now, but was super-famous in his day.