Editors' Picks: Old-House History

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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:

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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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