Church Summers

Today in the comic strips Janis was fanning herself with a fan given out by a politician and it awakened a memory for me.

When I was a girl, we had fans like those in church in the summer. A light cardboard rectangle stapled to an over size tongue depressor kind of stick made a sturdy little fan. The local funeral homes would give out these fans to churches. They were printed with serene garden pictures and, of course, also imprinted with the name of the funeral establishment. The fans were lodged in the hymnal rack, along with the hymn books, —several to each pew. They provided a way for us to move the air around us and feel a little cooler as we sat in the over warm building in the heat of summer.

I haven’t thought about those fans for years. They were a common fixture every summer. Some women carried pretty, folding fans in their purses and they would really intrigue me. Made of many long straight spines, they would stack to make one long, narrow strip, then snap open into a semicircle to make a decorative yet functional fan.

Today we have the overhead fans going and we bring in standing, electric fans to keep the air moving. And if we live in an area where summer heat is a constant, there is air conditioning. What a wonderful invention that has been!

But today, I’m remembering the paper fans, stapled to a strip of wood, which helped us feel a little cooler during church services in the heat of summers long ago.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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2 Responses to Church Summers

  1. Cyndi says:

    The church we were staying in in Niagara Falls has those. The kids at first thought they were strange, but were glad to have them during the Wednesday night service! The church had ceiling fans, but no AC.

  2. NJ says:

    I was surprised to read that such a fan is still in use in some churches, but I shouldn’t have been, because the fact that I saw such a fa in the comics shows that they are still being used in places today. I could have used such a fan in church this morning. Thanks, Cyndi, for your comment.

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