Friday, July 22, 2011

Beat the Heat!

Last night online a genealogist  asked  "How did our ancestors survive heat waves?"  I know that when I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s no one in my neighborhood had air conditioning, not even in our cars!  How did we survive the occasional heat wave?  What did our ancestors do?


Herbert Robson and Helen Hitchings (my great aunt)
at the beach in 1925


1936 Heat Wave kills thousands, strengthens the Dust Bowl
People sleeping outdoors in St. Paul, Minnesota
Photo from the St. Paul Daily News, Minnesota Historical Society
Photograph collection 7/1936 Location No. QC1.3r5



Beverly, Massachusetts Misery Island 1948
my Dad on the far left  


My mom on vacation at a pool, 1959


Hanging out on the stoop in Beverly,
Three generations of the Allen Family 1967



Holden, Massachusetts Public Pool, 1972
my sister and I with neighbors 



My Dad and a neighbor, 1975, Holden,
There's nothing like a sprinkler, lawn chair, and a cold beer!

---------------
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

5 comments:

  1. Great post! I love the photo of the people sleeping outside.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have often wondered this same thing. Especially the women who had to wear those long sleeved, high necked dresses way back before there were even fans! At least we can get away with minimal clothing on a hot day or just hang out inside in the air conditioning. As much as I often say I would like to go back just once and see how they lived, I could do without that!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've been thinking about my ancestors and the heat, too. I notice in your photos that everyone is leisurely staying cool, but some of my ancestors were farmer, and I still wonder how they managed.... Hot, hot, hot!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I can remember when I was in college, I worked part-time as a cashier in a grocery store. We didn't have air conditioning in our house. There were many days that I looked forward to going to work so I could be cool.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Really enjoyed your photos and what you wrote. Sure hope we don't have to experience that again any time soon.

    ReplyDelete