Sepia Saturday

Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with an image. The photo above is of early X-Ray recipients. My goodness, what’s going on with these contraptions? I feel for the woman on the left.

Here’s what I found on the Library of Congress website.

X-Ray photo. , 1896. Photograph.

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Bain News Service, Publisher. Russian X-ray field van. , ca. 1910. [Between and Ca. 1915] Photograph.

Keystone View Company, Publisher. French field hospital, locating bullet with X-ray machine. France, None. [Meadville, pa. ; new york, n.y. ; chicago, ill. ; london, england: keystone view company, photographed between 1914 and 1918, published 1923] Photograph.

Delano, Jack, photographer. X-raying mice as part of work on disease resistance in the genetics laboratory at Iowa State College. Ames, Iowa. United States Ames. Ames Story County Iowa, 1942. May. Photograph.

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11 Responses to Sepia Saturday

  1. At first glance I thought they were wearing lamp shades, Interesting post.


  2. La Nightingail says:

    Informative post about the early uses of x-ray machines. In my own research I, too, discovered they were used much earlier than I had thought.


  3. kathyfumc says:

    That first photo set is so interesting. Fancy dress for an x-ray – proving it works through all those layers, I guess.

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  4. Wendy says:

    OMG – that first photo!!

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    • smkelly8 says:

      I wonder about the background of it. The Library of Congress offers the basics (who, what, where, etc.) but no context. Is there more to this? Did she really get X-rayed in her dress, corset and all?


  5. mollyscanopy says:

    X-rays were a great medical breakthrough, but how scary that they were so casually used before health and safety awareness put a stop to it — as your first photo illustrates.

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  6. Just happened upon a television series called “London Hospital” which takes place roughly at the time of WWI — where they go into a good amount of detail about the greatly improved diagnostic ability due to early X-ray machines — but also the dangers! It’s interesting to see the mobile X-ray unit! I had no idea those existed!

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