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.

Life in the outdoors1920

Pocket knife

The arrival of the spring-loaded pocket knife made handling it much safer than before. (From catalogue 1928.)

Toys and games1930

Toy car with steering cable

The steering cable made playing with cars even more real for the kids of the 1930s. (From catalogue 1936.)

Never forget2000

Polaroid camera

The Polaroid camera developed its own pictures, right after taking them. The first version appeared in 1948. (From catalogue 2002.)