Sunday, June 19, 2011
More importantly was the fact that because of this invention many diseases, specifically parasitic ones, were nearly eradicated by the 1950s when window and door screening had become the norm for houses across the United States. Amazing!
Going back further into history there were references to fine fabrics being used as bed drapings, or hangings, in the earlier times - but that was largely limited to royalty like Cleopatra. We still see such bug netting used in Africa and is especially good in areas where people sleep outside or in the most primitive conditions. For those of us with houses, window screens do the job nicely.
I love having the windows wide open and the breeze coming through so I'm glad I don't live in a house with central air - at least not one that was built as some are today where the windows are not easy to open and doors don't come with screens. There are some days when I'd love to have a/c for sure, but I also love those nice comfortable days when the windows let the world in and the screens keep the bugs out.
I'm sorry I can't give proper credit to that anonymous guy who worked in the sieve factory. He should have his name in the history books for a brilliant invention.