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Air conditioning in country churches was different in 40s, 50s

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By Carlis B. Wilson

In the 40s and early 50s it was quite common to have a quite economically operated air conditioning system in the small churches.

It was most enjoyed by the adults because the children and preacher were too busy for such a modern device.

All pews were furnished with this dynamic oscillating forced air devices.

They were constructed from heavy card stock and physical abuse wood. The card had a beautiful picture on one site and the *name and address of the provider on the other.

The wood was shaped in the form of the fingers of an adult, when held at a 45-degree angle and moved back and forth at a rapid speed it produced a cool breeze for the worshippers.

This system was the latest in design and was desired by most because they were cost efficient and satisfactory to the users. The variable speed was easily maintain and could be changed instantly if needed.

Another good feature of this highly effect system was the sharing of cool air with the near by neighbors.

If one set close enough the breeze from the other Air Conditioners furnished neighbors an off beat system.Some had passive aromatic air fresheners.

The quiet efficacy of this dynamic device was much desired for church services, when not in use the wood handle worked well to store them in the book racks on each pew.

These systems could be personalized by the users forfuture use or made communal by many signatures. Thiswould help a lot in later years when the great grandchildren are doing family research, and find them in theattic of the church or homes of the members.

*Compliments of name and address of advertiser."

Copyright 2004. Wilson Publications

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