To keep the house cool during the hot summer months, cooking would be moved to an out building called a summer kitchen. Food would then be brought inside or the family would dine outside in the shade. The house would be kept dark during the day to keep the heat out and windows opened at night to let the breeze in.
During the 19th century it was discovered that metal lined (and later ceramic lined) pitchers kept liquids cool. The double lined metal pitcher acted like a thermos and kept refreshing drinks like lemonade and punch a delightful temperature.
Look - refreshing punch!
During summer months women would switch from heavier fabrics like wool, to lighter cotton or muslin. I still think this would be incredibly hot with all the layers of bloomers, petticoats and a corset though.
Hats and parasols
Hats and parasols kept the sun off one's face, though I definitely think parasols are the lighter and cooler option for keeping one shaded and untanned.
Not as effective as the electric fan, but much more elegant. These accessories helped a lady beat the heat while still being fashionable.
Ice Cream became a more readily available treat during the 19th century, with ice cream churns like the one above on the market, and stores and street vendors selling the tasty treat to the masses. One draw back was the ice cream or "hokey pokey" the street vendors sold were not always made in the most sanitary conditions. In the 1880s, 90s and early 1900s there were several cases of typhoid, scarlet fever and diarrhea traced back to ice cream street carts. In one case the vendor selling it was suffering from typhoid himself, and in another, the ice cream was being made in the home right next to where they changed their baby!
Enjoy your typhoid, I mean - ice cream kids.
How do you cope with the summer heat.
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