Every time I go antiquing, I come across clever product design and wonder why certain conveniences never went mainstream. Why don’t all our pans have printed cup measure indicators inside?
This is especially true of women’s clothing. Vintage dresses have little snaps in the shoulders to hold bra straps in place, and the backless shoe pictured above has a strap of elastic in the instep to help keep the shoe closer to your heel. So much more comfortable to walk in.
I started a Flickr group for Cool Vintage Product Design. It’s filled with a bunch of little conveniences I’ve noticed over the years, so add your own if you have them.
Can you think of anything that falls into this category? What makes you think, “they don’t make them like that anymore?”