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How Did People Survive Before Air Conditioning?

A General Electric air conditioner from 1963.

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Probably everyone has had this thought at least once a summer, while sweating through their clothes on a subway platform or in a parking lot, desperate to locate their car: how did people survive before air conditioning? Although we may not be able to imagine summer without it, prior to its invention in 1902, people did still manage to live and go about their business in New York, and even in cities like Savannah and New Orleans. Here’s how they did it.

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Posted on Jul 18, 2017

What is Considered an “Older” Home?

I distinctly remember during our home-buying journey when our real estate agent asked if we wanted new construction, something close to it, or if we’d be open to an “older” home. When we said yes, we knew that—in our budget—we would likely be looking at a few houses built in the early-to-mid 1900s. However, if we’d had a much larger budget, we could very well have wound up walking through (and legitimately considering) houses built in the early 1800s.

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Posted on Jul 10, 2017

8 Ideas Worth Stealing from Vintage Kitchens

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I can’t get enough of vintage interiors, especially vintage kitchens. And although these spaces may look a little strange to us — after all, that’s what makes them so interesting — if you look closely enough, you might find a few ideas that are worth stealing for your own space.

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Posted on Jul 6, 2017

The Homes that America Built: A Crash Course in Favorite American Architecture Styles

I have this argument with friends every now and again: What’s “American” food? The question inspires a lively discussion, with a lot of suggestions but no real consensus. (It usually comes down to hog dogs or Southern-style barbeque.) Nailing down American food is a tough thing because there is so much of America. So many people and cultures and styles that manage to blend together and evolve over the (few) centuries the country’s been around.

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Posted on Jul 4, 2017

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