Tape

It all started with surgical tape in the 1800s and then spread to many other areas of use. Silver tape, duct tape, double-adhesive tape…. Today it’s hard to picture a world without tape.

Connecting to each other1990

Speed-dial phone

This classic model could store 10 numbers for speed-dialing. Plus, you could dial the last number called with one simple button push. (From the catalogue 1993.)

Do-it-yourself1940

Lathe

How many baseball bats have been created during woodshop lessons over the past 100 years? Nobody knows. But enough for most people to remember the feeling of seeing that piece of wood twirl on the lathe, and how you can move the tool across its surface to create a pattern.(From the catalogue 1942.)

Do-it-yourself2010

Cross laser pass

A laser pass on a tripod makes aligning things at home a piece of cake. (From catalogue 2011.)