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The amazing evolution of household items

We are continuously exposed to the changes of high-tech items: sleeker and better versions of mobile phones, laptops, and other gadgets come out multiple times in a year. However, even some of the ’simpler’ appliances that we all have in our homes have come a long way in terms of technology and design.

Bright Side brings to you the ancestors of these common household items, some of which we are so used to we couldn’t have imagined how different they were back then!

The first power lawn mower in 1918 in the Missouri Botanical Garden. The mower was gasoline driven and water cooled.

Baby carriages were invented in the 1700s when the Duke of Devonshire asked an architect, William Kent, to build a means of transport for his children.

The first vacuum cleaner wasn’t as convenient as today, since it was manually powered and required two people to operate it.

People were ironing their clothes long before we had electricity in every home. These irons were filled with charcoal.

It looks like you could only get one-sided toast back in the day. 

This TV from 1946 was one of the first mass-produced sets. The size of its screen is more comparable to an iPad than a TV these days!

One of the first stand mixers, produced in the 1930s. I wonder how long it took to beat a meringue in this...

I don’t think you could have taken a selfie with one of these cameras back in the day. The daguerreotype camera, developed in the 1840s, was considered a simplified camera compared to previous models.

This 19th century kitchen stove is so different from today's sleek electric stoves.

Can you imagine doing your laundry in this? Washing machines in the good old days required a lot of scrubbing and rubbing since they didn’t use any electricity.

Preview photo credit Jamie/Flickr
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