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An ordinary window shade makes A good awning as well as a shade, if it is attached to the outside of the window with the device shown in the illustration. The shade and spring roller are put into a box for protection from the weather and the box is fastened in the window casing at the top.
Ill: Shade Attachments
A narrow slit on the under side of the box permits the shade to be drawn out. The stick at the end is removed and a
U-shaped wire inserted in the hem in its stead. The wire is bent so the ends may be inserted in holes in the window casing. As the shade is drawn out, it is extended outward by the wire in the position of an awning. - Contributed by Arthur Kesl, Chicago, Hi.