Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dead Serious About Fittin' Shoes!

"In the late 1940's and early 1950's, the shoe-fitting x-ray unit was a common shoe store sales promotion device and nearly all stores had one. It was estimated that there were 10,000 of these devices in use. " - Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

Amazing. Thousands of little kids getting their feet blasted with x-rays just to see if the shoes momma was buying fit right. This thing had 3 viewing ports: one for the salesman, one for the person having his feet irradiated, and one for an interested spectator.


Randy said...
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Randy said...

As ridiculous as that sounds today, it was the Cold War experimentation with atomic weapons and radioactive devices such as the shoe-fitting x-ray that led to such classic world-gone-wrong films as Them, Gojira, and The Boy With Giant Radioactive Feet.