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Nettleton Shoe Shop, Los Angeles.

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Where do you think you might find this object? Known in Britain by the trade name ‘Pedoscope’, this was a familiar object in shoe-shops of the mid 20th century. The machine produced an X-ray of the customer’s foot inside a shoe to ensure shoes fitted accurately, which both increased the wear-time of the shoe and with that, the reputation of the shoe shop.

Where do you think you might find this object? Known in Britain by the trade name ‘Pedoscope’, this was a familiar object in shoe-shops of the mid 20th century. The machine produced an X-ray of the customer’s foot inside a shoe to ensure shoes fitted accurately, which both increased the wear-time of the shoe and with that, the reputation of the shoe shop.

Christian 8-drawer Dresser | Overstock.com Shopping - The Best Deals on Dressers

Christian 8-drawer Dresser (Christian 8 Drawer Dresser), Brown

Christian 8-drawer Dresser | Overstock.com Shopping - The Best Deals on Dressers

The mid 18th century saw the growth of the modern shoe shop and the market for ready-made shoes. This pair of shoes was sold by Gresham in Covent Garden. The shop was comparable to a high-end high-street shop today. The shoes retain the original brand label.

The mid 18th century saw the growth of the modern shoe shop and the market for ready-made shoes. This pair of shoes was sold by Gresham in Covent Garden. The shop was comparable to a high-end high-street shop today. The shoes retain the original brand label.

The ‘Pedoscope’, was a familiar object in shoe-shops of the mid 20th century. The machine produced an X-ray of the customer’s foot inside a shoe to ensure shoes fitted accurately...there was a darker side to the Pedoscope. Think about how careful we are with X-rays today to avoid the health risks associated with radiation. As early as 1950, the British Medical Journal wrote of the risk of direct radiation for customers, and the dangers facing shoe-fitters from scattered radiation...

The ‘Pedoscope’, was a familiar object in shoe-shops of the mid 20th century. The machine produced an X-ray of the customer’s foot inside a shoe to ensure shoes fitted accurately...there was a darker side to the Pedoscope. Think about how careful we are with X-rays today to avoid the health risks associated with radiation. As early as 1950, the British Medical Journal wrote of the risk of direct radiation for customers, and the dangers facing shoe-fitters from scattered radiation...

A "shoe box" of treasured family stories. From the Portsmouth Historical Society (NH, USA) Collection. Mid 1700s-early 20th century. Photo by author.

A "shoe box" of treasured family stories. From the Portsmouth Historical Society (NH, USA) Collection. Mid 1700s-early 20th century. Photo by author.

Shoe-Fitting Fluoroscope used in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.  Used in shoe stores -- essentially exposing people to unnecessary radiation.  What were they thinking?

Shoe-Fitting Fluoroscope used in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Used in shoe stores -- essentially exposing people to unnecessary radiation. What were they thinking?

AN OAK HABERDASHERY SHOP DISPLAY CABINET. This is a great way to store and display your prized collection of shoes, scarves and handbags.

AN OAK HABERDASHERY SHOP DISPLAY CABINET. This is a great way to store and display your prized collection of shoes, scarves and handbags.

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