The Classic Lawn Chair – Nostalgia for the Socially Distanced

Retro seating is more practical than porch swings and rocking rockers in these socially isolated days.

If those webbed or metal lawn chairs from the 1950s and 1960s bring back happy memories of picnics and potlucks, you’re in luck since they’re back in style. (Though, for the record, we’ve always adored them.)

Small groups everywhere—from Bible studies to book clubs—congregate on front lawns and plop down old-school lawn chairs before sharing gospel or gossip as the world appears to be slowly, indeed emerging from forced hibernation and venturing into warmer temps and safe, socially distanced territory. The lawn chair has dethroned (heh) both the porch swing and the outdoor rocking chair as the Official Summer Throne. Of course, it makes sense.

The nostalgia these vintage relics provide can be as soothing as a Tupperware tub full of leftover fried chicken in these uncertain times.

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