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The Surprising History of Blackout Curtains

Today blackout shades are a godsend to daytime sleepers and those who like to get some extra shut eye on the weekends. Not to mention the ambiance they create for a home movie viewing. But, did you know that blackout curtains got their start during World War II? Put That Light Out! There’s A War On! How To Hide An Entire City When nighttime air raids threatened many major cities in northern Europe, area-wide blackouts were instated. Allied leaders believed that without man-made light coming from cities, bomber planes would have trouble navigating by sight and reaching their targets.   Cover up! Blackout regulations began to be enforced in Britain in 1939. They required that all windows and doors were…

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