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Broker Babble Artifacts

The good folks over at Columbia University have compiled real estate brochures dating all the way back to the 1920's. How little things have changed! We don't have to deal with "peddlers" haranguing us at ungodly hours and we're not as concerned about sullying our eyes with the mere sight of deliverymen but for the most part we're having deja vu.The Times notes a particularly amusing quote from the days when apartment buildings were still trying to lure townhouse owners into buildings, with a brochure citing the “four flights of health-destroying stairs” as a reason to shift to apartment life. Check it out, some of them are downright charming in a way that neon splashed websites just can't be. [NY Times]