Ash tray

In ancient times, such as the 1980s and 1990s, many people still smoked indoors, both at home and in restaurants. Ash trays were then a trendy detail for interior decorators. (From the catalogue 1951.)

Because I want one1950

Face protection

Perfect if you’re riding a motorbike. “Fits snuggly to your face,” according to the description. (From the catalogue 1951.)

Food and kitchen1990

Microwave oven

This invention for both thawing and heating food arrived in 1947 but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it crossed over into general use. Today, almost every home has one.

Never forget1970

Magnifier

The magnifier allowed the home photographer to make copies in all sizes. (From the catalogue 1978.)