Editors' Picks: Old-House History

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Our editors highlight new and classic articles, along with favorite products and current bookstore sales. This week, discover the backstories of some common household objects.Ever wonder how your cast-iron claw-foot tub evolved from the portable tin models of the early 19th century? Or just how much DNA the garage where you park your hybrid SUV shares with the structures that used to house horse-drawn buggies? Reading up on the often fascinating history of everyday objects can be crucial when making design decisions for your old house (not to mention, these little-known trivia tidbits will make you a hit at the next neighborhood get-together). Start your history lesson with these three articles:

The History of the Bathtub: An inside look at the evolution of the common bathtub can help you choose the right one for your old house.

A House for the Automobile: A history of the changing garage.

Ceilings Pressed in Time: A look at the history and manufacturing of decorative metal ceilings explains their appeal at the turn of the last century, as well as today.

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Zigzag Magnets, $4
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Reader Recommendation! For only $4, you can add some Art Deco charm to your fridge. These magnets will make you smile just as much as that ice cream you're reaching for.

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Bungalow kitchens can easily be made to function for the 21st century without compromising their integrity. This book offers tips on everything from design and dealing with professionals to the appliances that will work for your kitchen.

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Experience the beauty of the bungalow as author Jane Powell takes you through 85 of the truest examples in North America, brilliantly showcased through the photography of Linda Svendsen.

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This lovely, photo-packed book features an array of homes that showcase the beauty of natural materials. It offers plenty of ideas for both incorporating Arts & Crafts style into both new and existing homes.

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