The shelters of the past were usually made of leather skins or grass that were harvested from the fields around a persons home site. These shelters of the past looked at lot like our modern day canopies. Today we use modern fabrics for stronger protection from the elements.
If you are looking for a modern shelter with sides on it to keep the elements out, then maybe you should be considering a tent instead. A canopy can be purchased with one or more side panels but they will not be as tightly sealed as a regular tent.
There are canopies that are attached to buildings that fold in and out to provide shade and protection from the elements. There are canopies that serve as small shelters over hot dog vendors on the city streets or by the sea shore. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts use canopies when they are at events and camp outs. Weddings, graduations, barbeques, birthday parties, and the list goes on and on. You don't realize how much the simple canopy is needed and used in our daily lives.
Years ago, at the turn of the century, a gentleman named W.C. Coleman was out selling office equipment door to door and happened across a type of kerosene lantern that had been converted to use gasoline. The gasoline burned a lot cleaner than the kerosine and provided a much whiter looking flame. The rest is history. As you know the Coleman company went on to make lanterns, coolers, gas stoves, sleeping bags, tents and of course canopies.
With all the "space age" materials available now, you no longer have to put up with the short life span of earlier versions of the canopy. You can pull the folded up canopy out of its storage bag and have it totally assembled in about three minutes. Ready to fight the elements of nature.
The mechanics of the canopies are quite easy to use. You simply pull the canopy out of the bag and stand it up on its legs. At this time it is compacted to about one square foot and has the fabric attached to the frame. It is a lot easier with four people to open it, with one at each corner, but one person can open it by just pulling one corner at a time out from the center. In just a few seconds you have all the legs out to their open position and are pushing the top up from the four corners to raise it up. They usually have convenient little buttons that pop out in preset holes on the legs to secure the proper positions.
Coleman has gone one step further with their smaller 10 x 10 canopies and is making canopies under a special license from the NFL (National Football League) that carry your individual teams colors and logos on the fabric of the canopy. Now, you can have your tail gate party out in the parking lot or where wherever you want and show off your team spirit.
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