Remember When Shoe Stores Used X-Ray Machines To Measure Shoe Sizes At Nearly 40X Higher Than The Current Exposure Rates

The shoe fitting fluoroscope was a common device used in shoe stores from 1930 through the 1950s.

Basically, it was a wooden box with an open x-ray tube and no reliable shielding to protect bystanders. You may want to think of it as an X-Ray Bomb, everyone near the machine was getting a full dose of radiation for 5 to 45 seconds at a time.

It was first used on soldiers in the military to speed up the processing of large numbers of injured personnel.

Many shoe salespersons put their hands into the x-ray beam to squeeze the shoe during the fitting.

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  1. Reminds me of autonomous vehicles and other “new and improved” things that we are told today are the wave of the future

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