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.
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.)
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.)