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Just How Hot Was It At The Beach?

Just how hot was it at the beach?

This is the view from the patio at our hotel room of Virginia Beach about 11am, July 22.  It was predicted to be a very hot day.  VERY hot.

Our patio was 90 yards from the edge of the water.  Notice how close people are to the water?

The hotel weather station and the news said it reached 105F that day!  It was so hot you could only walk about 10' on the sand before burning your feet!  Everyone put their umbrellas and tents really close to the water!

We were crowded together.

Getting there about 10am, by 1pm it was so hot that we left the beach for lunch.  Usually we ate there under our tent, but not that day!

During lunch my daughter and her friend thought that it might be best to do something else.

What did they decide?  The movies!  And Harry Potter...

As a home inspector I was interested by their wanting to go to the movies.

Why you ask?  Because, aside from the movie, what they really wanted was to take advantage of air conditioning.

Air conditioning has been around since the days of ancient Rome, and maybe before.  They circulated aqueduct water through the walls of certain houses to cool the rooms.

In 1902, a young man working for $10/week at a printing plant had an idea to keep the machines cooler by lowering the humidity in the plant.  Heat and humidity were causing the paper to wrinkle and move, and that made the color printing not turn out properly as it required many passes.  The young man found that his process to reduce the humidity also cooled the air!  This serendipity showed him that enough cool air could make a whole house or even a building comfortable.  It worked in the printing plant!

The young man was Willis Haviland Carrier.  And you have all heard of Carrier air conditioners!  His further-developed process worked so well he applied for a patent in 1907.  It was accepted in 1914, and his formulas are STILL USED TODAY by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers! 

Why the photo of the Biograph Theater above? What do you notice about it?

Air conditioning was slow to take off.  The movie industry, however, recognized its benefits, and in the 1920s and 1930s many prescient movie theaters equipped themselves with air conditioning.  Notice the marquee - "COOLED BY REFRIGERATION" and "ICED FROM THE AIR."  Those letters are bigger than the movie title!

What better way to get people off of their stiflingly-hot front porches and into the movies.  Capitalism at work!  Theaters were packed.

At the Biograph theater above, located in northeast Chicago, on the night of 22 July 1934, Public Enemy #1, John Dillinger, was watching a movie.  Like everyone else, he loved air conditioning and went to the movies often!  On that night, coming out of the theater, he was met by the FBI, ran into an alley nearby and was shot dead.  John Dillinger was finally brought down, by air conditioning!

So the next time you take advantage of the movies on a hot summer day, remember, it was the theaters that really introduced air conditioning to our country!  AC did not take off residentially until the 1950s and 60s, but in the theaters it has been popular for quite some time!

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 36 commentsJay Markanich • July 25 2011 07:31AM

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Jay - interesting, I didn't know that movie theaters were early adopters of the AC....thanks!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 7 years ago

Always trying to weave a little home inspection info into the posts Carol!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

I hope you enjoyed the beach.  Dolores and I lived on the oceanfront at Virginia Beach for many years.  You have to walk in the surf or head for the pool on those hot days.

 Life is good!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

Jay , now the funny part is the title had me believe there would be some thermo imaging at the beach lol

Great story on A/C though, Love the movie marquie.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) about 7 years ago

Jay * GREAT STORY * I did not live in WHOLE HOUSE AC until I was 25...growing up, we had WHOLE HOUSE fans in our attic.  Last person going to bed turned on the timer and the vents to the attic opened and the cool air was pulled from the lower floors through the house and out the attic.....it was great!

My departing residents don't understand when my carpet cleaner tells them to put their AC on after he cleans the carpet to REMOVE THE MOISTURE FAST!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 7 years ago

Well, Roy, it was super hot that day!  I don't remember the sand being so hot!  Everyone was crammed down at the water!

Don - no, too expensive a device and that sand gets into everything.  And if someone saw me playing with the camera and then should I have it taken from me, well, that would be a bit expensive a loss.  Yes, it's insured, but I've never tested just how much I might get back in return to cover my loss!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Wallace - that AC will dry the carpets really fast.  In a couple of hours probably.  I think whole-house fans are great and when houses have them during home inspections I demonstrate just how much air they pull through a window or door!  It is instructive!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

I remember that growing up here in Florida, my parents never had air conditioning. Looking back, I don't know how we did it! Either we are "spoiled" to it now or the climate has changed. I think a little of both, I can't imagine not having it now.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 7 years ago

Fred - I remember visiting my relatives in Daytona and New Symrna in the summers in the 60s - no AC!  We were used to it.  The south really got more populated as AC got more popular.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay interesting segue from the hot beach to a history lesson on air conditioning.  After about a week and a half, we have turned ours off for the next few days.  We prefer to have the windows open if the nights are cooler...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 7 years ago

I love VA beach, we probably heading there in September.  The only thing I don't like too much is the constant screaming of F-18's overhead, lol.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) about 7 years ago

Wow, Chris!  Summer's over!  How nice...  weird but nice!

Justin - yeah, the base is right there and those jets go over every couple of minutes.  When I was a teenager it was really cool.  It's still interesting, but kind of all the time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

That's interesting. Also funny, because I grew up at the beach and used to always bring a jacket to the movies in summer because they kept them so cold.

I will say I am so thankful for AC being practically everywhere now - I was born & raised in the south, and still joke about buying a "summer home" somewhere much colder, but I might have moved by now if it wasn't for central air.

Posted by Raine Carraway about 7 years ago

I can relate to the hot sand and we had no where to go.

Went to a waterpark with the kids on Friday.....about halfway up one of the slides the concrete was so hot I actually thought I blistered my foot! Kids were trying to carry tubes and run through that 50 foot stretch.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 7 years ago

Raine - AC is the reason the south has become so populated.  And yes, they keep the theaters cool!

Than - that's hot too!  I bet the water at the park wasn't that cool!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay. So did you see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part ll? I really liked it and thought that it was a cool flick. I wonder where it will go from here?

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 7 years ago

That was my first Harry Potter experience, Michael, and to tell the truth I found the story predictable.  I actually fell asleep in the middle!  My daugher woke me up!

HP is another Tolkein story, though not as good.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Once again I learned something new form reading your blog. Your capacity for making things interesting would make you an excellent teacher. 

I do have one question for you… how was the movie? Harry Potter is not a big thing in my house, and I was toying with the idea of taking some of my older grandchildren to see it.  

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 7 years ago

Sue - it was my first Harry Potter thing and I found it boring.  That is a story that has been told 100 times.  I suppose you have to be in it for all 7 books, or however many there are.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Maybe I’ll just wait for the DVD to come out. No sense paying to be bored, we have air conditioning. 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) about 7 years ago

That's a good plan!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay -- You hit it with seven books - but this is the eighth movie - as the last book was too long to make into only one movie (and they still left stuff out!).

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 7 years ago

Whatever Steven!  I really wouldn't know.  Overall, I don't know what could possibly draw an adult to stand in line at midnight for one of the first released copies!  It'll be at Costco the next day!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

So it wasn't his girlfriend after all.  Hi Jay, enjoyed the post.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 7 years ago

Thanks Jack.  Had to weave some home inspection stuff in there somewhere...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Cool history on AC.  I had no idea.  and, wow what heat & humidity we've all had here.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

Wonderful history lesson Jay! How AC was an integral factor in the imminent demise of Dillinger is very interesting. I'm pleased that I was pointed in you direction by my inspector friends up here in the northwest... Your posts are insightful and educational. Real nice reads...So nice that I will refrain from comments about how you have first-hand knowledge of that era...But seriously Jay, I really enjoy your blogs. I agree with your review of the Harvey Porter films, we netflixed one of them once and I fell asleep as well! No disrespect to the HP followers, I must be too old too!

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 7 years ago

Weather is weather Debbie!  Happens every year around here!  It's cool right now in Canada and the southwest by normal standards!

Curtis - thanks!  Even in my silly posts (Billy Jays and Mr. Jay's Neighborhood) I try to be instructive.  And I've had a few posts about our dogs!  Yours is gorgeous.  What breed is that?  As to HP, I read and still prefer Tolkein, but I am no follower so to speak.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay You are quite the story teller - you start at the beach, then switch to air conditioning and wind up in Chicago for the shooting of John Dillinger,  Heat can have serious negarive consequences  :)

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 7 years ago

That's Chester, he's the Red-Bone Coonhound... Maybe more common in your neck of the woods but somewhat rare out here in the West. Chester is almost 10 and we also have a Blue-Tic Coonhound that turns 15 in a couple weeks. We don't hunt with them although Chester did find our lost cat once. Their best skill is taking up space on the couch.

PS. Did you get my little joke about the HP spelling? I heard someone mispronounce it on the radio once thought it was pretty darn funny.

 

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 7 years ago

By the way, Jay, isn't it just like the gov't to take 7 years to issue a patent for one of the best ideas of the 20th century?

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 7 years ago

Karen - I had to bring it around to home inspections somehow!  I thought the Dillinger connection was pretty clever!

Curtis - I knew he was some kind of hound, but did not know what.  I saw the spelling of the HP reference, but did not get it!  When the radio people get it wrong that is REALLY wrong!

Jack - they were probably trying to figure out the formulas!  This guy was really smart.  But ain't serendipity great?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

How coool....a really coool piece of history !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 7 years ago

Well, S&D, if anyone knows about cool (and cold) it would be you guys!  Thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay,

I definitely remember the movies as the places that advertised and delivered on the air. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Since before you were born Steve!  I remember it too, when I was a kid.  I thought AC was very neat, since we did not have it at home.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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