How 20 Familiar Products Looked When They First Appeared


We have come a long way in field of technology and there is still long way to go. It feels amazing when we look back and see the evolution of products. It also makes me wondering that how far humans will go in field of technology.

Here is the list of 20 products that have changed their appearance dramatically over time.


Apple Computer 1, also known later as the Apple I, or Apple-1, is a desktop computer released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976. It was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer.  It was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California.

The original Ford Model A is the first car produced by Ford, beginning production in 1903. Ernest Pfennig, a Chicago dentist, became the first owner of a Model A on July 23, 1903. The Model A was replaced by the Ford Model C during 1904 with some sales overlap.

Bosch decided to launch its own electric refrigerator onto the market in 1929. Its engineers came up with a compact refrigerator with a capacity of 60 liters, which would also fit into small kitchens. Technical factors meant that a rounded drum shape was cheaper to manufacture than square chests, and also enabled a more energy-efficient design for the refrigeration system. Although its price of 350 reichsmarks was comparatively low, the refrigerator was nonetheless still beyond the reach of most households.

In 1970, Samsung branched out from its main export trading and created the Samsung Electronics Group. That same year, the company developed its first television, a black and white model known as the P-3202. Sales were brisk as Korean consumers embraced this new technology, and by 1976, the company had produced over one million black and white units for sale in Korea.

Siemens Mobile was a mobile phone manufacturer and a division of Siemens AG. Siemens sold Siemens Mobile to the Taiwan-based BenQ in 2005, which subsequently became BenQ-Siemens. The first Siemens mobile phone, the Siemens Mobiltelefon C1, was launched in 1985.

Windows 1.0 is a graphical personal computer operating environment developed by Microsoft. Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.

The IKEA Catalogue is a catalogue published annually by the Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA. First published in Swedish in 1951,the catalogue is considered to be the main marketing tool of the company and, as of 2004, consumes 70% of its annual marketing budget.

Canon initially began as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in 1933. When the company began manufacturing cameras on a trial basis, it named them “Kwanon”, which was the name of the Buddist Goddess of Mercy. In 1934, the young company produced Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter prototype camera.  In 1935, the company registered the name “Canon” as a trademark that would be more acceptable to a worldwide market as it started to move toward full-scale production.

Founded in 1932, LEGOS® get there name from the abbreviation of the Dutch words “leg godt” meaning “play well”. They have come a long way in the past 80 years from a carpenter’s workshops to modern day global enterprise! The first LEGO product was a wooden duck simply called "The LEGO® Duck". In the 1940’s the wooden duck was transformed into wooden bricks with decorations. Then in 1949 they added four and eight studs so they could connect the blocks together called "Binding Bricks".

In early 1901, William S. Harley, who was only 21 years old, has developed a project for a small engine capacity of 7.07 cubic inches. The following two years, Harley and his childhood friend Arthur Davidson labored on their bike with an engine using a garage in the house of their friend, Henry Melk. The work was completed by 1903. This was followed immediately by work on a new, more modern motorcycle. This first "real" Harley-Davidson motorcycle had a bigger engine is 24.74 cubic inches (405 cm³) with 9-3/4 inch flywheels weighing 28 pounds crankshaft. The prototype was completed September 8, 1904 and on the same day took part in motorcycle racing at the State Fair Park. Rider was Edward Hildebrand, he finished the race in fourth place. This race was the first documented appearance of Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

HP-110 – HP's first laptop computer – was an industry breakthrough when it came out in 1984. With 384K ROM and 272K RAM, the HP-110 had the largest amount of memory available in a portable computer when it was introduced. Because it ran MS-DOS, it could be linked with an IBM PC or the HP-150 touchscreen computer. In short, even back then, there was a clear vision of seeing multiple computers in the home and a uniform way for them to easily work together.

In 1900, Lifsch├╝tz developed a water-in-oil emulsion as a skin cream with Eucerit, the first stable emulsion of its kind. This was the basis for Eucerin and, later, Nivea. Nivea comes from the Latin word niveus/nivea/niveum, meaning "snow-white".

The first Sega console was the Japan-only SG-1000, released in 1983. Sega released several variations of this console in Japan, the third of which, the Sega Mark III, was rebranded as the Master System and released worldwide in 1985.

Chanel No. 5 is the first perfume launched by French couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The chemical formula for the fragrance was compounded by French-Russian chemist and perfumer Ernest Beaux.

With Sony's own unique MF Trinicon imaging tube, Sony's first video camera HVC-F1 device offered high-quality video with horizontal resolution of 300 lines. Its large-aperture lens offered a bright F value of 1.4 and optical zoom up to 6X.

Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine made up of many components including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

In the 1930s most electric shavers used a version of the Schick shaving system. This involved a cutter sliding back and forth within a slotted shaving head. Horowitz took a different approach, inspired by Philips' bicycle dynamo technology to create a rotary system with three blades rotating beneath a round, slotted shaving head.
This new shaver - intuitively named Philishave - was first unveiled to the public at the Dutch Voorjaarsbeurs (Spring Fair) in March 1939 with shavers going on sale in the autumn of the same year. This first Philishave was cigar shaped and made from Philite, the Philips version of bakelite.

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs conceived an idea of using a multi-touch touchscreen to interact with a computer in a way in which he could type directly onto the display, essentially removing the physical keyboard and mouse, the same as a tablet computer. Jobs recruited a group of Apple engineers to investigate the idea as a side project. When Jobs reviewed the prototype and its user interface, he conceived a second idea of implementing the technology onto a mobile phone. The whole effort was called Project Purple 2 and began in 2005.
iPhone (1st) was the first generation of iPhone that was announced on January 9, 2007 after years of rumors and speculation. It was introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007, and it featured quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer.

In 1806, William Colgate starts a starch, soap and candle business on Dutch Street in New York City. In 1857, upon his death, the company is reorganized as Colgate & Co. under the management of Samuel Colgate, his son.

The label of the "Colgate's Antiseptic Dental Powder" in jar reads: "To cleanse and whiten the teeth. This powder contains precipitated carbonate of calcium, carbonate of magnesium, and soap. Endorsed by professors of chemistry in dental schools and recommended by leading dentists".

The Pike Place Starbucks store, commonly called the Original Starbucks, is the first Starbucks store, established in 1971 at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. The store has kept its early appearance over time and is subject to design guidelines due to its historic significance. The store is considered a tourist attraction and often hosts a crowd.

Last but not the least : The oldest condom (370 years old)

This reusable contraceptive item is made from sheepskin and was used in Sweden in the 1600s. Instructions for it have even been preserved, in which it’s recommended that it be cleaned using warm milk in order to help the user avoid catching a venereal disease.

Sources : brightside (for pics) , genreauthor, wikipedia.