Cool Cars Came In 1939
The first air-conditioned car was built by Packard in 1939. In these early days of cool driving, there was no dashboard control. To stop the A/C, drivers had to turn off the engine and pop the hood. Here, they had to disconnect the compressor belt to get the cool air to stop blowing.
Cold Air Becomes Cool and Chic
Home air conditioning units didn’t really become an everyday appliance until the 1950’s. The economy was booming after World War II, and cool air was suddenly chic. In 1953 alone, American shoppers bought more than 1 million air conditioning units.