In the 1950s technology was a luxury and devices like the telephone and television were the preserve of the few.
Over the decades the combination of cheaper components and mass production means prices have dropped, making the latest gadgets and gizmos affordable to many more people.
Many early inventions were crude by today’s standards, but that didn’t matter - they were tools for bringing that eureka moment to life. Some inventions were less successful, what seemed like a fantastic idea, is often rejected by the public who see things differently.
Here are 10 photographs of 19th and 20th century inventions unrecognisable from their current incarnations – can you guess what they are?