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Buying Your First Antique Iron Bed...
"Wage warfare against wooden beds and you wage it against one of the greatest disease-breeders of the present day. No dust nor germs nor vermin can find lodgement in an iron bed."

So was the cry heard from the iron bed makers in the late 1800's. Instead of celebrating their product's elegant, sensual designs, warm colors and impressive craftsmanship, early ads for iron beds attacked the wooden competition as being unsanitary and likely to make you sick.

While there was a modicum of truth that certain insects might be more attracted to sleeping with you in a wood bed, the contest was really about beauty not bugs. Should centuries-old advertising or sanitation problems play a part in the purchase of your antique iron bed? Probably not. But there are a few important details you do need to consider.

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