The press iron was, literally, a lump of iron that was heated directly by a fire. It’s an invention that’s believed to go all the way back to the Middle Ages. The modern, electric iron had its breakthrough about a century ago in the USA.

Get your house in order1950

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 one1930

Hair clipper

Short in the front, long in the back. Or any way you like it. (From the catalogue 1931.)

Life in the outdoors2010

Snowracer Proline

A must-have toy for snowy winters. Stiga’s cutting-edge sled with a steering wheel has been on the market since 1965. (From the catalogue 2012.)