Pedoscope X-ray apparatus

Made:
1930-1955 in St Albans
maker:
Pedoscope Company Limited

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Pedoscope X-ray apparatus, by the Pedoscope Co. Ltd., English, 1930-1955

Pedoscopes were used in European and North American shoe shops during the middle of the 20th century. They created X-ray images of the foot without the need to remove the shoe. This one consists of a large wooden box with a hole near the bottom into which the foot was placed. The length of X-ray exposure could be altered depending on whether you were a man, woman or child. The fluorescent image of the foot bones within the shoe were viewed through a hole in the top of the cabinet by the shoe fitter. The other two holes were used by the child and the parent or guardian.

The pedoscope carries a health warning suggesting customers have no more than 12 shoe fittings a year. Health concerns, especially about the staff using them throughout their working day, saw the machines eventually withdrawn.

Details

Category:
Chiropody
Object Number:
1988-1332
Materials:
plastic, rubber, steel and wood
type:
pedoscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • fluoroscope
credit:
Footman and Company