Modern life can often feel overwrought with technology and devices that leave us feeling hostage to the constant demands of notifications and beeps. But before we romanticize our way to simpler times, let's take a moment to be grateful for one technology of modern times that has undoubtedly changed our lives for the better: Air conditioners. Home air conditioning didn't become popular in the United States until the 1950s and wasn't commonplace until the 1970s. Before then, heat waves were inescapable, sweaty, and, to put it lightly, pure misery. Here, a look back at how people got creative in order to beat the heat.Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Hats Off Hulton Archive/Getty Images Hot Pants Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images Hose Head Fox Photos/Getty Images Made in the Shade Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Sitting Pretty Fox Photos/Getty Images A Friend in Need Hulton Archive/Getty Images To the Rescue E. Dean/Getty Images Makeshift Pool Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Ice, Ice Baby Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Remote Office Charles Fenno Jacobs/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images Street Shower Bettmann/Bettmann Archive She's Got This Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images Night Moves Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images Fashion Statement Keystone/Getty Images Hot Dogs Hulton Archive/Getty Images Chasing Waterfalls Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Soak It Up Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Lounging Streetside
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