An Ill Wind This—or That—Way Blows

By the 2012 calendar, we're a few days premature for the observance of Good Health Week, which, in 1922, ran 23-30 October. Not to worry! Note how in those pre-Photoshop days a retouching artist had to paint 'steam' into the photo to illustrate the efficacy of the Ilgair ventilation fan. Despite the fairly obvious solution of opening one of the windows to clear the air, an electric fan offered a more modern approach. I'd be curious to learn if 90 years ago folks were as concerned with the loudness of the device as they are in today's decibel-conscious kitchens; no doubt that Ilgair had to pull a hefty CFM, given its installation.