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a history of AC
Transcript of a history of AC
"The menace of technological tenuousness stemming from a dependence on an unknown technology" 1931 1932 The Whole train is AC 1933 A Century of Progress: the Chicago World's Fair 1st Drive in Movie Theater Chicago tribune heralds the possibility of keeping indoor air at 36 degrees 1934 Lewis Mumford writes "Techniques and Civilization" criticized prevailing anti-machine utterances as unsophisticated. Air Conditioning throughout the White House arctic explorer David Irwin protested against “igloo of tomorrow,” sued Carrier. Felt that it would detract from his fame. 1935 The Packard is the first car to be cooled with AC Supreme Court and Congressional Offices Get AC 1st theater playhouse gets AC 1939 The igloo is also good for hay fever sufferers, according to Carrier 1947 Levitt and Sons are main contractors building houses with central air House Beautiful Magazine collaborated with U.S. Weather Bureau and American Institute of Architects for climate control research 1948 Air condition causes laziness - Logan Lewis Consumer reports includes AC 1953 1954 Advertisements for AC would move from wants and needs to creating desire. Studies show that AC improves job performance 1955 David Minsky whines that Nightlife is dead because of AC. Nothing happens outside anymore. A family can buy a house with central air for $10,000 1958 "The Affluent society took strong exception to the increasing use of technology... public needs ignored." -Gailbraith more than 6.5 million American households had some form of air conditoning 1965 Margaret Engels, Carrier engineer, named to alumni hall of fame at U. Kentucky 1966 Tiny Personal Fans! 1973 Consumer Reports starts to criticize AC makers and units. 1974 US Commerce Department Bureau of Standards declares AC first appliance to include energy consumption 1975 Dorothy King Newman identifies the typical American Energy Consumer (follows trends). 1977 1979 St. Louis Heatwave kills mainly the elderly and poor Frederick Rohles Jr, Psychologist, argues that comfort zones had increased 13 degrees. Comfort is a condition of mind. 1995 Heatwave in Chicago reinforces the finidngs of the St. Louis Heatwave Architects begin to reassess using design to keep indoor spaces cool 1999 2002 100 years after Carrier, Ackerman publishes "Cool Comfort