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Old December 5th, 2012, 06:39 AM   #1

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X-rays banned in shoe stores.


Does anybody remember when X-ray machines were banned in shoe stores? By my best recollection they were banned in the U.S. about the time I started high school (1954), but they had started disappearing around 1950.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:00 AM   #2

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According to wiki, Pennsylvania was the first state to ban them in 1957.
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Wow how fascinating, I had no idea the practise ever even existed.

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Shoes shops had x-ray machines?
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Fascinating, I'd never heard that before. I do remember in grade school we kids were given beads of mercury to play with in science class. Today they'd lock you up in a hazmat camp.
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Funny I can still remember the mercury experiment but then my chemistry teacher used to make up his own fireworks and set off the powder in the middle of the lab.

Relatively safe it was loose powder so you got colourful burns but no bang, still impressive though.

Then again the biology teacher used to dare the kids to stroke his pirahna's which is weird. Very few people actually got bitten, it all seemed to add to the fun.

Of course what the Football team coach was asking the kids to stroke got him sacked and arrested but thats a different story

Health and safety for kids, it was another country back then
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I well remember these machines. I think that Bata shops had them and even advertised their use on television in the late 1950s. they vanished in the 1960s.
I looked up the history, of the thousands of machines used all over the world for fifty odd years, maybe three people, all shoe salesmen, MAY , but not conclusively, have contracted a minor radiation-related illness.
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ah ye good ol' days...where one could smoke in airplanes and buses, cover his floor & ceiling with asbestos and use leaded gasoline.
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According to wiki, Pennsylvania was the first state to ban them in 1957.
The Wiki article on Shoe-fitting-fluoroscopy is interesting; I guess that's the article you were referring to. 1957 is much later than I remember them disappearing. I'm sure I never saw one after 1954. This article from American Journal on Radiation is interesting. It states that they were banned by the FDA in 1953 and that there were warnings from about 1950. Those were scare years in the media for carcinogens in general, as I remember.

I do remember that many years after they had disappeared, one was found still in use in some shoe store somewhere. That may be the wiki reference to "the last sighting" of one in Boston in the 1970's.
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ah ye good ol' days...where one could smoke in airplanes and buses, cover his floor & ceiling with asbestos and use leaded gasoline.
Isn't that what the libertarian party is all about? Deregulation. Sure, let's go back to the unregulated 1890's -- before Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle or Idabel Tarbell wrote History of Standard Oil Company.
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