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Wow. It's amazing what you find when you start ripping things up, isn't it?

What a cool picture from 1913! When you say "semi-detached" - what does that mean exactly? It looks like what we would call a duplex here. Is it different?

Congrats on the remodel. So exciting!

We used to live in a 75 year old house and I thought we had problems. We didn't have as many layers of floor as you but did have a lot of layers of wallpaper, the top of which was textured wallpaper which had been painted over. I think the person who installed that many-screwed cement board for you also did the carpet in our hall, with about a million tiny nails. So fun. We live in a new house now. That's a whole other thing. Not so may incomprehensible surprises though. Like, why would someone put linoleum in the kitchen cabinets as shelf liner and then glue it down with rubber cement? So many questions.

So enjoy your new kitchen when it's done!

When I lived in Vancouver, two houses stuck together were called a duplex, and there weren't very many of them at all. In Toronto, they are semi-detached, and ubiquitous!

I am realising my big reno was 10 years ago this summer! All my brand new stuff is actually not brand new. But my kitchen cabinets are a joy, still. So nice to have things that are not too weird. My old ones were as deep as a fridge, to make that nice minimalist straight line: fridge, cupboards, built-in oven, more super-deep cupboards.

Good luck, and I'm glad you love your contractor!

I just love me a good reno. Especially in somebody else's house. Thank you for the progress pix. More fun for me than for you, I'm sure!

Wow, that is a big remodeling job! I bet it will be really nice when it is all done.

My parents renovated a 200 year old quaker farm house so your story takes me right back to my childhood. Also sounds like par for the course.

Wow. Your contractor is awesome. If I thought there was a chance he could come down to the Boston area and do a bathroom job, I'd so be financing that!

"In the Kitchen" is almost completely related to hair. However, as you read between the lines, it isn't specifically hair that held the great importance, it's what hair represented. The want for good hair mirrors the pressures on the African American community to Assimilate in the 1950s, to leave their shamed culture behind and become a part of white society.

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