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For more than a century, sleepy people with no room to spare have turned to a unique piece of furniture. Here’s Serena Altschul:
Since the earliest days of moving pictures, the Murphy bed – you know, the disappearing kind – has played a starring role.
From Abbott and Costello . . . to 007 . . . and Laverne and Shirley.
Gene Kolakowski, who runs the Original Murphy Bed Company on Long Island, says nobody really gets stuck in them. “Only in Hollywood,” he laughed.
“There’s a lot of jokes about that. But, no, it’s impossible for the bed to go up. You have to put it away manually.”
The company’s been making the floor-mounted steel beds since it was started by William Lawrence Murphy in 1900 near San Francisco.
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