It was 115 years ago today that Willis Haviland Carrier signed a set of mechanical drawings which, soon after, became the world's first modern air-conditioning system. And it was 5 years ago that we published Weathermakers to the World, telling the story of Dr. Carrier and his namesake company.
Below, I've chosen 15 pictures that tell the story of modern air conditioning.
|10. Carrier's success during World War II in meeting wartime contracts earned the company an "E" award plus five stars for excellence--one of only 14 companies to receive this distinction. Carrier product was installed in airplane and instrument factories, and for food preservation on board ships and on the battle front. A number of Carrier's early, large comfort installations--from Macy's (above), Tiffany & Co., Lord & Taylor, and Gimbels in New York--were reinstalled as process air to support wartime production in facilities like B. F. Goodrich in Texas and Pratt & Whitney in Kansas City.|
|14. Today, air conditioning is so ubiquitous that we forget how hard it continues to work keeping our world productive and comfortable. |