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photoblog image A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 4

A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 4

Who invented the deck chair?

 

A day trip to Burnham-on-Sea 4

Who invented the deck chair?

  • THE FIRST chair of this type - that is, the folding X-type chair - was discovered in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians: often carved with animal forms and covered with whole skins. In ancient Rome, too, the folding X-type chair had great significance, being reserved for magistrates and nobles on public occasions. There are also references to folding chairs in 17th-century inventories. 'Six folding chaires of crimson vellvet trymmed with gold lace' were sold by order of the Council of State after the execution of Charles I.

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Sep 2011, 00:57
Why, Silly....Black & Decker invented the deck chair...and the shoe polish!

I thought everyone knew this....
Bill Phillips: You learn something new every day.
I enjoyed your history of the X-type chairs Bill.... these look like they have been around almost as long as the first onesgrin.... good shot and great eye....and i liked the video very muchsmile....petersmile
Bill Phillips: When you finally get the damned things up they are quite comfortable smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Sep 2011, 07:07
What an intriguing & exciting place this Shangri La of the west is!
Bill Phillips: A breathtaking thrill a minute Chris
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Sep 2011, 07:27
This bath-chairs meeeting didn't take place as harmonious as the well- known SC- meeting in Dudley! I( assume we are out of seasons! Deck-chair is a fine thing, but a roofed wicker beach chair is still a finer thing for all weathers. I hope you did enjoy Salisbury and Stourhead gardens, but there are only pews and benches for recovering !
Bill Phillips: This was the height of the summer Philine.
We had a great couple of days and the sun shone at Stourhead!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Sep 2011, 08:00
I think a lot of people lost their fingers with chairs like this.
Great picture and YouTube!!!
Bill Phillips: I still have the scars Lady P
A true icon of the british seaside, but they can bite if not treated with respect smile
Bill Phillips: Indeed they are John and indeed they can grin
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 27 Sep 2011, 09:08
'Ere blackbear, colour then b&w then colour, I don't know where I am. A fine study here. Deck chairs are simply once youi have the hang of it but otherwise can vbe evry amusing.
Bill Phillips: They are a bit like your typing then
Now I know all there is to know about the history of deck chairs Bill, you have made my day.
Bill Phillips: Then my efforts have not been in vain Frances grin
Loved the video! Real life on the beach. Now we need someone to show us how to get in and out elegantly. {grin}
Bill Phillips: Indeed, once in they are fine but getting out again is another story!
  • Richard T
  • Down in Guildford for a few days
  • 27 Sep 2011, 12:00
That chair slung on the top is badly repaired going by the way the staples have been poorly aligned.
Bill Phillips: I didn't know you were an authority on deck chair construction Mt Trim.
A windy day, I see. That fellow in the video - that would be me!
Bill Phillips: I used to be able to put one up but it is years since I have actually done so, so it would probably be me too grin
"Oh, gawd, give me a break, Fred, I've had one of those large persons on me all morning, and I need a rest."
Bill Phillips: I suspect they will have to start making deck chairs wider soon
My Dad made a pair of these at an evening class when I was a youngster, we only recently got rid of them when the canvas finally called it a day and tore.
Bill Phillips: They are actually quite comfortable if you can avoid injury putting them up and getting in and out of them
  • Alan
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 27 Sep 2011, 14:34
An icon of the British seaside. We used to take great delight in digging under them and watch the sitter collapse in the sand. Good fun smile burn ham looks a little blowy here.
Bill Phillips: You are clearly an evil person Alan
The iconic Deck Chair, liable to give you a nasty nip whilst attemping erection.
Hm. I think i've not said that quite right, but what the heck , you know what I mean!
Bill Phillips: Hahahahahaha best comment I have had in a long time
These ones would go down well in greece
Bill Phillips: LOL!! They couldn't afford them though

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