In 1896, Martin Goetze took out a patent on a “Dimple Maker“
In his patent, Goetze said, “In order to produce artistic dimples, it is necessary…that the cellular tissues should be made susceptible by means of massage…the knob of the device’s arm must be set on the selected spot…the cylinder serves to make the spot where the dimple is to be produced.”
It also came as a boxed kit that was guaranteed to produce a dimple quickly. The kit consisted of a long thin miniature scalpel with a razor sharp blade, an equally sharp miniature thin handled spoon and a needle and silk thread.
The dimple-desperate would use the knife to make a small but quite deep cut in the cheek. Into this cut the sharp spoon was inserted and turned in such a way as to gouge out a dimple shaped lump of flesh. The wound could then be sewn up with the needle and thread.
In 1936, a less invasive type of dimple maker was on the market, this time invented by a woman
Back in the 17th century beauty spots were all the rage, not least because they hid the ravages of syphilis and smallpox. In France they were called “mouche” which translates literally as “fly”.
Both men and women adorned their faces with small pieces of cloth that were made out of velvet or silk and cut into fanciful shapes. The placement of the mouche was indicative of a woman’s marital status or sexual mood.
More recently, Sabrina Dehoff has designed a gold plated version that includes hearts, masks and guns.
I bags the catmask……..