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X-Ray: 1922

X-Ray: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "X-ray at Garfield Hospital." We'll have you patched up in no time, kiddo. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Fritz Lang

Reminds me of a scene from Metropolis where the the features of the good Maria are transferred to the evil robotic Maria.

I wouldn't lie under that!

The cylinder probably contains a Ruhmkorff induction coil used to generate the very high voltage needed for X-Ray generation.

Re: X-Rated

Estimating that spark gap at around 3 inches puts the operating voltage at close to 75 kV.


That looks one like one mean piece of equipment! I especially like the spark gap above the cylinder. That gap couldn't produce x-rays, since the gap is in air, so I suppose it was an overload discharge or something like that. Wow.

Nixiebunny inspired me (thank you!) to add - since it is a riveting beauty: it is definitely steampunk x-ray!


That is the most beautiful medical instrument I've seen in my entire life. (Never mind the rivets.)

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