Recently with things warming up, my daughter and all the Milroy grand children came up and fixed Grandpa up by putting in my air conditioner, a window model. It certainly brought back memories of my youth and no air conditioning except the Princess Theater in town. The stores had over head fans or small personal fans scattered about to keep the customer comfortable, if not cool.
The Princess was truly air conditioned. At times, I felt overly so, but cool was something which no other place in town was. The owners of the Princess also owned and operated the Castle Theater on Third Street which was defiantly not air conditioned.
When I was very young we lived on Second Street and the house we lived in was not air conditioned in any way, other than fans. All the doors had screen doors on them as well as storm doors for winter. All the windows had screens on them, usually ones that could be taken out when winter showed up and put back in when it warmed up. The screen doors were nothing but a wooden frame with a screen over the door way. And usually in the summer when it was hot and humid, one would find all the doors front and back with only the screen to stop you if you wanted in.
Windows were basically the same and most usually open if it was hot, which it could get to be easily in the summer. And those windows and doors were always open except for the screen, even if no one was around or in the house.
We had one fan for the whole house and it was moved about the house as needed. I remember how miserably hot it could be and how that fan would really cool you off. The only way we had to lock the screen door was a latch that had a hook on the door and a round headed screw type thing that the hook would fit into to keep the door from flopping about or being opened without permission.