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Question #90385 posted on 09/22/2017 8:32 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it just me, or did people in the 40's-60's look more...attractive?

-Heart Throb-throb-throbbin'

A:

Dear Heart,

On top of monochromatic photography and videography being more forgiving than modern high-definition color photography and videography (as Anne mentions below), I think there's a certain romanticism and nostalgia that happens with black-and-white images. Additionally, if the only pictures you ever see are the famous and attractive people, you're going to have some selection bias in your sample.

Or maybe what was in fashion in those decades is more your type than current fashion.

-The Entomophagist

A:

Dear Cary,

As we learn from the prestigious source of all knowledge (Calvin's dad for all of you that don't know), the world used to be black and white. As it turns out, monochromatic people are more attractive. Thus, yes, people did used to be more attractive, but then all the world turned color, and beauty was lost.

~Anathema

A:

Dear heartbeat,

No way, man, nineteenth-century's where it's at (or, like... was at).

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Baby.

-Van Goff was born in the wrong century... among other things