The first refrigerators were so big, they took up almost half the size of an average kitchen. Now, don’t envy the 1900’s people for having extra-large fridges. It was the engine, being too big, not the space within. They resembled kitchen cabinets more than anything else, and the design was at no one’s concern.
These days, refrigerators do more than keep food cold. They control the humidity level, they are an integral part of the kitchen’s design. High-end models have a transparent door, so you can see how much milk you have left without even opening it!
The first motorcycle resembled a big bike and no one invested too much thought into ergonomics. It was basically a big bike with an engine. The thrill of riding one of these down a curvey road was probably there even on the old version of the motorbike.
However, technology and engineering have definitely turned the modern motorbike, as we know it today, into a road monster. The fastest motorbike these days is the Dodge Tomahawk reaching 420 mph, it costs over 500K dollars and looks slightly better than the one Gottlieb Daimler created in the late 1890s.
The first ballpen patented didn't do wonders when the cold winter days came, as the ink became thick and couldn't flow easily around the ball and paper. The ones who invented this obviously didn't think beyond the hot summer days. Since then, many adaptations were made, and the ballpen exists and works perfectly even today.
There are many designers and sizes to choose from, and the colors are endless. Even though typing is becoming more and more common, and the art of writing seems to drift away, we have a feeling that pens are going to stick around for good.
A gas station is a gas station. It's there to provide gas. And only two customers at a time. That's how it was a few decades ago until they realized the potential of having a gas station and providing more than gas and a larger number of people. Things have surely changed since.
The modern gas station can serve a number of customers at a time and offers much more than just gas. You can actually do your entire weekly shop at a gas station, as you can find groceries, toys, daily essentials, and basically anything you set your mind to.
Although actual writing hasn't changed in centuries, and the alphabet used today is the same alphabet used in the 19th century, books have gone through some changes. The books you hold today are not the ones held by your ancestors. Books used to have only hardcovers, and the papers were of a brownish color and much thicker.
Today, the covers may be hard or soft, the pages are mostly white or cream-colored, and the cover itself usually has an image or illustration, in relation to the book's title. Presumably, having all books look-alike would make reading boring. Don't you think?