By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

X-ray Machines Used To Help Fit Shoes

 

January 16, 2017

Plummer's Department Store x-ray shoe fitter.

The x-ray shoe fitter was a fluoroscope machine used to aid in the fitting of shoes. Three different individuals, all from Milwaukee, claimed to have invented the machine in the early 1920s. The X-Ray Shoe Fitter Corporation of Milwaukee was one of the two largest shoe-fitting fluoroscope manufacturers in the world.

To use the x-ray shoe fitter, the customer would stand on a step at the base...



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