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E M Kahn and Co.

Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 07:08AM
The store in the Highland Park Shopping Center that had the "foot Fluroscope was VOLK'S.
I mentioned this in a post several year's back.
Since I was raised in Highland Park, each Saturday they had the Western movies at the Village Theatre.
I never missed a one!
After the movie, we "terrorized the shopping center by going into every store. We got run out of most.
We always went to Volks to look at our toes as we wiggled them.
I'm 77 now, and no foot problems.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 07:58AM
mrchuck Wrote:
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> The store in the Highland Park Shopping Center
> that had the "foot Fluroscope was VOLK'S.
> I mentioned this in a post several year's back.
> Since I was raised in Highland Park, each Saturday
> they had the Western movies at the Village
> Theatre.
> I never missed a one!
> After the movie, we "terrorized the shopping
> center by going into every store. We got run out
> of most.
> We always went to Volks to look at our toes as we
> wiggled them.
> I'm 77 now, and no foot problems.

I wonder how many shoe clerks have or have had tumors that resulted from the x-ray exposure over their carreers?

Dave McNeely
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 08:29AM
mrchuck Wrote:
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> The store in the Highland Park Shopping Center
> that had the "foot Fluroscope was VOLK'S.
> I mentioned this in a post several year's back.
> Since I was raised in Highland Park, each Saturday
> they had the Western movies at the Village
> Theatre.
> I never missed a one!
> After the movie, we "terrorized the shopping
> center by going into every store. We got run out
> of most.
> We always went to Volks to look at our toes as we
> wiggled them.
> I'm 77 now, and no foot problems.


I used them a bunch, too.
I wonder why they were allowed to be used.
The harmful effects of radiation were well known in the 1940s and 1950s.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 09:39AM
BillB Wrote:
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> mrchuck Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The store in the Highland Park Shopping Center
> > that had the "foot Fluroscope was VOLK'S.
> > I mentioned this in a post several year's back.
> > Since I was raised in Highland Park, each
> Saturday
> > they had the Western movies at the Village
> > Theatre.
> > I never missed a one!
> > After the movie, we "terrorized the shopping
> > center by going into every store. We got run
> out
> > of most.
> > We always went to Volks to look at our toes as
> we
> > wiggled them.
> > I'm 77 now, and no foot problems.
>
>
> I used them a bunch, too.
> I wonder why they were allowed to be used.
> The harmful effects of radiation were well known
> in the 1940s and 1950s.

The wheels of regulation grind exceedingly slowly. That is especially true because any given industry subject to proposed new regulations lobbies intensively to prevent regulations from taking place. I am sure that was true of the firms that manufactured the little x-ray devices for shoe fitting. Of course, it was just a gimmick, anyway, but the stores that used them believed they gave them a leg up on the competition.

Dave McNeely
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 05:45PM
Here's an interesting read on the use of foot fluoroscopes: Using X-rays to Sell Shoes

[www.flickr.com]
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 14, 2015 10:00PM
WStewart Wrote:
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> Here's an interesting read on the use of foot
> fluoroscopes:
> [url=http://nottotallyrad.blogspot.com/2008/02/usi
> ng-x-rays-to-sell-shoes.html]Using X-rays to Sell
> Shoes[/url]

Interestingly, though many my age were fitted with shoes using such a device, I don't think I ever had a single exposure (pun intended) to one of the things. Perhaps it has to do with economics. My family was much more likely to get shoes from Levines than from Volks. I do remember getting shoes from Sears and Pennies when I was a kid on a couple of occasions, but perhaps they had discontinued the devices by that time. I also recall, in second grade, reading in school a story about a trip to the shoe store, and the use of the machine for fitting the children's shoes in the story. I thought that would be pretty neat, to see my bones inside the shoes, but for me it never happened.

Dave McNeely
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 15, 2015 08:47AM
WStewart Wrote:
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> Here's an interesting read on the use of foot
> fluoroscopes:
> [url=http://nottotallyrad.blogspot.com/2008/02/usi
> ng-x-rays-to-sell-shoes.html]Using X-rays to Sell
> Shoes[/url]

Yikes! After reading that blog post about the machines, I'm glad that they were gone before I had the unfortunate opportunity to encounter one.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 17, 2015 12:00PM
E. M. Kahn was the first credit card I ever had....was trying to establish credit after I returned from the Army in early 1959....bought a very nice sport coat at the Wynnewood Store........Bill Strouse
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 18, 2015 11:30AM
There was also a Kahn's (we always pronounced it "cans"winking smiley in Inwood Village in the 50's and 60's, just down the row from J.C. Penney's. I'm trying like crazy to remember the name of the men's shop across from SMU on Hillcrest. They were a regular sponsor of Ron Chapman's Sumpthin' Else. It'll probably float to the surface of my memory later today.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 27, 2015 03:16PM
It took me a week, but that name finally floated to the surface. That store across from SMU was The Varsity Shop. Their spot on Sumpthin' Else was always done by a frat boy law student named Ralph Baker, who I assume worked there.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 29, 2015 02:52PM
northdallasgirl Wrote:
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> It took me a week, but that name finally floated
> to the surface. That store across from SMU was
> The Varsity Shop. Their spot on Sumpthin' Else
> was always done by a frat boy law student named
> Ralph Baker, who I assume worked there.

The Varsity Shop, which later became Culwell & Son.

Which got me thinking about "Stylish Stout Shops". I can remember commercials for them on TV.
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 29, 2015 03:08PM
I think Lester Melnik was such a storeā€¦.+sizes Jim
Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 30, 2015 06:37AM
I remember The Stylish Stout Shop.

I found a website that lists locations at Lochwood and NorthPark.

[bacougars66.com]

I think there was also one downtown.

Reynolds Penland was another clothing store that the name sticks in my mind.



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Re: E M Kahn and Co.
July 30, 2015 01:04PM
I think there was a Stylish Stout Shop in Inwood Village, too. I know my grandmother shopped there sometimes. I used to think the name was hilarious.
Lester Melnick was at NorthPark near Dreyfuss and Sons between Tiche's and NM. When I worked at Brentano's in the 70's LM had the ugliest manniquens ever, but I don't remember them specializing in stout styles.
I grew up in the same neighborhood as some of the Penlands and we shopped at their Preston Royal store for Father's Day and birthdays. Nice people.
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