These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

The Dumbwaiter, A Home’s Mini Elevator

Dumbwaiters are small freight elevators made to lift objects from one floor to another. You can recognize a dumbwaiter by its sliding door and the fact that it usually opens into the kitchen.

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In the 1840s, people used dumbwaiters to transfer food to a living room or bedroom.Dumbwaiters are still used in some buildings today. They’re often installed in hospitals, retirement homes, and some restaurants to transport meals. Unlike antique dumbwaiters, modern ones come equipped with electric monitors and automatic control systems.

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