Things That Haven’t Changed in Years
In a past issue we looked at all the things that are now obsolete. This time I want to showcase a few items that haven’t changed a whole lot (if at all) in 100 years. It’s interesting to see that as much as things change, some stuff stays the same. There’s a lesson here. Read on to find out what it is.
MATCHES are much the same as they were when they first went mainstream in the early 1900s. In fact, people once collected matchbooks as a hobby, or as a record of where they’d been.
HAMMERS from the colonial days look much the same as they do today. In fact, even primitive hammers are similar to today’s tool.
VIOLINS have been around a long time (since the 16th century) and other than amplification, the violin remains nearly unchanged.
PAPER CLIPS were first patented in 1867, and that version is almost identical to what is offered today. Granted, nobody needed one to eject a stuck disk back then.
SAILBOATS. Think about it, although there’s been all kinds of technical improvements over the years, the basic shape and style of sailboats is the same.
A few other things that remain unchanged, yet still popular are: Toilets (and plungers), scissors, brooms, paint brushes, irons, eyeglasses, bikes, and pencils. My take is that a combination of great design, a product proven to work, and one that solves a repeated problem is the key to longevity.
Why do you think these items have stood the test of time and remained popular? What can we do to remain relevant in our career and business? What items did I miss?