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August 4, 2021

Window Tents for Healthy Persons, ca. 1910s

The window tent was originally devised in order to give the open-air treatment for tuberculosis to patients in their own homes when they could not procure the use of porches or other open buildings for this purpose in the 1910s.

But as window tents have proven both convenient and economical, they are now used by many healthy persons who wish to sleep in the fresh air during the winter months without cooling off their houses.

Window tents are all constructed practically on the same principle, the difference between them being largely in their shape and the manner of their manipulation. A frame, usually of steel, supports a canvas cover, and this canopy encloses a space inside the room connected with the window. The tent frame is either attached to the window casing or the head of the bed, and projects over the bed, covering the head and shoulders of the person lying on it.


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