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.

Because I want one2000

Duct tape

Duct tape, fabric tape or electric tape. This beloved solution to so many problems, with its elastic and adhesive qualities, has many names. It was the brainchild of inventors Snell, Oace and Eastwood at the American company 3M in 1946. (From the catalogue 2009.)

Toys and games1920


Every civilization since the dawn of time has had dolls. In the 1900s, the porcelain doll was replaced by models in plastic or rubber. Some of them could, like the larger one on this picture, say “Mama” or close their eyes. (From the catalogue 1929.)

Toys and games1990


The Brit Leslie Scott presented the game Jenga at a toy fair in London as late as 1983. The word means “to build” in Swahili. (From the catalogue 1997.)