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July 4th, 2002

A Salute to the Folding Lounge Chair

On this Independence Day, I want to offer up a salute to one of the finest inventions of the 20th Century: the folding lounge chair.

Many years ago, lawn chairs were known as being big, bulky things that only folded one way – and good luck to you if you started folding it up incorrectly. Yet, we lived with these lawn chairs for years – and they were the primary way of taking temporary seating to the beach and other outdoor activities.

Then, someone had an enlightened idea. “Can’t we put this chair into a soft, cylindrical bag?” And it was done.

There are now many varieties of folding lounge chairs. Mine has a cupholder, but that’s pretty much standard equipment. Some, like the one pictured above, have footrests. Some have headrests. Some have both. There are even “loveseats” that fold up into the same, easy-to-transport package.

It’s one of the best ideas in recent years, and a well-designed item. For that, Mr. or Ms. Inventor of the Folding Lounge Chair, I salute you!

Posted in Everyday Life

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