How to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave — 1951

by Paula Bosse

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by Paula Bosse

The photo above appeared in newspapers around the country in August, 1951 above this caption:

What the well-dressed Texas gal will wear during the current heat wave might be something quite novel. Here, Dallas secretary Mildred Walston starts a new trend in her efforts to keep cool. She uses two fans and a cool pan in which to slosh her feet. Later in the afternoon, Aug. 14, when the temperature hit 103 degrees, Mildred’s boss broke down and sent her off to the nearest swimming pool.

Mildred Walston Fulenwider (1915-1962) worked for many years in the motion picture business in Dallas, working for the Interstate chain, for Paramount, and for Republic Pictures. At the time of this photo she was working as a booker, not a secretary.

I’m going to have to remember that fan-pointed-at-feet-soaking-in-pan-of-cool-water trick.

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Photo from the old Bettmann/Corbis site.

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