Happy 120th anniversary, x-ray

Five score and 20 years ago this week—or six score flat, if you prefer—the word went out from William Roentgen’s lab to the world. The publicity came courtesy of an Austrian newspaper.

Time magazine is commemorating the milestone with a brief and entertaining online slideshow of x-ray doings through the mid-20th century.

Highlights include Roentgen’s “look-through machine,” a certain “Metalix Tube for Therapy” and a child getting her teeth x-rayed, possibly just for the fun of it, at the 1953 California State Fair.

Enjoy the images.