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HISTORY OF HAMMOCKS

In 19th century Britain the prison system incorporated the hammock as their standard sleeping apparatus because of its space saving qualities. The large brass hammock loop ends were hung over two large hooks securely fastened to opposing walls and could be taken down and folded up or hung off one hook for storage to create instant space {a technique commonly used today indoors}. However, when the inmates realized what sweet little weapons the brass rings made, the wardens got rid of them.

In the 18th century hammocks in North America were still considered a novelty. Most hammocks were narrow with wood staves and demanded agility and balance. It wasn't until the 1880's, thanks in part to a wider version, that the hammock became popular in North America. Today, approximately 500,000 - 2,000,000 hammocks are sold yearly in North America to siesta seeking consumers. World wide over 100 million people use hammocks as beds or furniture everyday, including Africa, China, Philippines, South Pacific, and of course, Central and South America.

The hammock has definitely earned its "space" in the annals of history and definitely a place somewhere in our life today ~ indoors or out ~ and will continue to play a significant role in relaxation and leisure into the distant future.

Enjoy your own Hammock! As summer approaches and the temperature begins to rise and stabilize at a comfortable level, North Americans' innate instinct for leisure time activity kicks into full gear. Among the many favorite summertime traditions commonly encountered in our culture is the inaugural stringing up of the family hammock ~ the quintessential representation of leisure time itself! While signifying relaxation and pleasure, it is often relegated as a "reward" for accomplishing less appealing activities like mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, or repainting the fence. For many hammock aficionados, procrastination naturally becomes a way of life!........So do yourself a favor and 'swing' into summer with your own 'Dangerously Comfortable' Hammock.

Written by: David Fairley


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