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Opening Day | American Lawn Chair Season

May 28th, 2012 | Categories: Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

In addition to being an important day to honor the men and women of the U.S. armed forces that have given the ultimate sacrifice, today holds another important distinction as the official beginning of the American lawn chair season.

I like to think of it as opening day for Major League Lawn Chairing, a sport in which the longer you stay stationary in a webbed chair, the more points you score. To play at a high level you are going to need some help, and by help I mean a cooler and a strong supply of beers. It should be noted, that the USA made Coleman steel belted 54 quart cooler is the only official MLLC sanctioned temperature control device.

The American lawn chair is an often overlooked cultural icon. The world of outdoor seating has changed dramatically over the years, technological advances have led to chairs that don’t leave strange marks on your legs, cup holders (known as “beer holders” in MLLC circles) have become standard features and seating material trends have basically led to the near elimination of webbing as a chair base.

Many people these days think they need a chair that has straps which allow it to be worn as a backpack, but thankfully one patriotic American company in Walthourville, GA knows that it is un-American to sit in anything other than a metal and webbed seat. Should you be at a BBQ, observing fireworks, at the beach, or simply alone in your yard admiring your mowing skills the good people at Lawn Chair LLC have you covered with a variety of U.S. made lawn chairs. Buying one of these classic American seating devices (not to mention a six pack or three) is the equivalent of being drafted into the greatest sport in the world.

The lawn chair, an American icon made in Georgia.

Comments: 16

16 Comments to “Opening Day | American Lawn Chair Season”

  1. Ted
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 12:57 PM

    Yes!

  2. John Lugg
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 1:36 PM

    MW – on his way to mastering tongue-in-cheek.

  3. Jeremy Carr
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 1:46 PM

    Would my reclining lounge model be considered advanced or bush league? I await (beer in hand) the league’s ruling.

  4. Man at C&A
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 3:12 PM

    Top notch. I have visions of one in my back yard here in TO already.
    Next up a feature on tartan shopping trolleys.

  5. Mason
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 3:35 PM

    The new Coleman coolers are overpriced. Try to dig up a vintage metal cooler from the ’60s-’80s (if you can find one). My parents have one that, despite being held together with duct tape, keeps ice far longer than their new Coleman.

  6. ellegentsia
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 4:51 PM

    Those are so satisfying to look at, and US made is a boon.

  7. matthew langley
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 6:15 PM

    I love that Coleman cooler – if only it had wheels. The trip from the ferry to the house on fire island is too far without them. But I really lust for it – I just can’t commit to it.

    Which sucks.

  8. vanderleun
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 6:40 PM

    Standing Ovation!

    And then back to sitting in the webbing and tubular steel icon!

  9. Heath
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 9:28 PM

    Check out these awesome contemporary updates.

    http://www.alitedesigns.com/mantis-chair.html

    http://www.alitedesigns.com/monarch-chair.html

  10. BenInLouisville
    on May 28th, 2012
    @ 10:51 PM

    This is why I come to this site…. I was just thinking about these the other day as well as the antithesis (bag chairs). I have been sprucing up my all american garage including parking a red 1972 chevy c10 truck fleet side cheyenne edition in there. This is all great …but I needed some quality lawn chairs. Thanks for posting.

  11. Mike Anderson
    on May 29th, 2012
    @ 9:41 AM

    AND, unlike those backpackable made in China trinket chairs, the web and tube chair is field reparable with only a roll of webbing, scissors, and a screwdriver. Fixing a couple of chairs gets as many brownie points with the Missus as an unexpected bouquet of flowers, and is a Certified Manly Activity (CAM). CAMs have the advantage that your buddies can participate, if only to provide useless advice and help drink the beer.

  12. jordan w
    on May 30th, 2012
    @ 5:37 PM

    more of this!!! less ridiculous hipsters who design bandannas!!!

  13. mr.lentini
    on May 31st, 2012
    @ 12:41 PM

    Full agree you need to post more stuff like this. Best thing about these is the price–totally affordable to most anyone(although I still search these out at estate and yard sales for 2 to 5 bucks) The redwood chairs are also a great backyard chair and fairly easy to find second hand
    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Vtg-Folding-Wood-Slats-Slated-Redwood-Aluminum-Lawn-Patio-Camp-Beach-Chair-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/$(KGrHqVHJCcE9uG6lf)+BPc5YDrvUQ~~60_57.JPG

  14. Bill
    on May 31st, 2012
    @ 11:37 PM

    Love the webbed chair. Buy all I find at estate sales; also the old replacement webbing. Took a photo tonight just before reading the blog. http://instagr.am/p/LT64w8EVs-/ Coincidence? I think not.

  15. Old Man Fancy
    on Jun 4th, 2012
    @ 4:21 PM

    Now only if we could find a yard in NYC to put these on.

  16. Emily
    on Jun 5th, 2012
    @ 2:34 PM

    Just goes to show how a simple but effective design will stand the test of time. I love practical things that can also be attractive.