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Victorian Bathing Machines

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The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside. The bathing machine was part of etiquette for sea-bathing more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be proper.

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Vintage Flower Light Bulbs

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Aerolux Light Corporation was a prolific manufacturer of figural neon glow lights containing  flowers between the late 1930s and into the mid 1970s. Aerolux gas discharge light bulbs contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two. Also within the bulb were metal sculptures coated with phosphors. These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Nowadays vintage Aerolux flower light bulbs can be found on sites like eBay and Etsy.
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Upcycling Old Suitcases to Vintage Furniture

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Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie Thompson recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes,  Thompson creates an original end product with a new integrity that epitomizes the very best of South African design.

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Bubble Houses

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Known as Bolwoningen (globe houses), these structures that resemble giant white golf balls are made out of cement and fibreglass. In the early 1980s the Dutch government offered subsidies for experimental housing. Bolwoningen were the idea of architect Dries Kreijkamp who wanted to create ‘the optimal experience of nature in all its facets’.  Each globe offers bedrooms on the ground floor, bathroom in the middle and living rooms on the top floor, which have the best views. Being only 5.5 metres across , most globe houses are inhabited by just one or two people. They are still inhabited to this day and give us a glimpse into what future living looked like 35 years ago. 

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The Cliff House

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Perched on spectacular cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Cliff House was one of the crown jewels of San Francisco. The House has had five major incarnations since its beginnings in 1858. That year, Samuel Brannan, bought for $1,500 the lumber salvaged from a ship that foundered on the basalt cliffs below. With this material he built the first Cliff House.
A wreck in 1887 caused damage to the second Cliff House when the dynamite on the ship exploded.
In 1896, Adolph Sutro built a new Cliff House, a seven story Victorian Chateau, called by some “the Gingerbread Palace”. That was the most photographed, incarnation of the house.

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