From Jack's photos
We didn't get air conditioning until we moved to this house in the suburbs of Kansas City in 1959.
With one tree in the neighborhood we needed it.
Before that we relied on fans:
On porches and patios, and living outside
Betty R. on her patio on Russet Lane
Sundresses on Ben and Cele's patio on Russet Lane
On getting out of the city onto or into the water
Ben on left with friends at Fort Salonga on Long Island
Cele (right) and a friend at Eagle Bay in Old Forge, New York
Barbara, Ben, Bill and Uncle Eddie
On going to the movies, which were "cooled by refrigeration."
And on ice cream from the Carvel.