These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

A Tiny Door Leading To The Basement

Today, most homes aren’t powered by natural gas. But in the 1940s, gas was the only option. Coal delivery men would travel door-to-door and drop coal into this small iron door.

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The door was attached to a chute that dropped the coal into the basement. Once there, homeowners could shovel it into their furnace. In the mid-1930s, fuel oil burners began to outshine coal as a safe and reliable source of heating and power. Today, most coal chutes have been sealed. But you can still find a couple of tiny doors in some old basements.

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