This post has nothing to do with guitars or anything with cars.
A popular 1950s hairstyle is the Flattop with Fenders. Personally, this is not my thing. (Even though my barber DID offer to give me one! jokingly. I hope.) Charles Martin Smith aka Terry the Toad, would also agree. As he had to have his hair cut into a flattop with fenders, for American Graffiti. But for the lads of the 50s, this was cool.
The hair cut is pretty simple… A little buzz cut on the top, about a cm or so of hair brushed forward. The front of the hair, was slightly longer, so it would sort of “box” in the hair at the top of the head. Maybe an inch in length. The side aka “fenders,” were considerably longer than the rest. About 3 inches in length! You can only imagine how your hair must have looked, if you didn’t or forgot to style it for the day!
The fenders were usually slicked back and the top of the hair, brushed forward.
Up close and personal. An unnamed student. Sort of looks like Terry the Toad, doesn’t he? Maybe that’s where George Lucas drew inspiration for the character. Still trying to identify the hairstyle, from the kid in the back, behind Glenn Ford.
I’m pretty sure Charles Martin Smith wouldn’t mind having a flattop with fenders now!
Even though I personally prefer a pompadour, than any other 1950s hair style, the flattop with fenders still gets respect from me. Guys back then really cared about their image. And being up to date with the latest hairstyles, was a must. The flat top with fenders is just one of the many hairstyles of the youth in America in the 1950s.
But, does it have the longevity like the pompadour?