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