I own a perfectly ordinary toaster from Montgomery Ward, which should give you an idea of just how old it is. If I remember correctly, I bought it in 1982; Wikipedia says that the Wards logo it bears was dropped after 1982, which means I might actually be remembering correctly.
So I’ve had this one toaster for a quarter of a century. If you know me, you know that this isn’t exactly a startling revelation: I tend to take the term “durable goods” seriously. To get me to give it up, you’d have to come up with something like this:
It’s not ready for prime time just yet, though:
This idea is based on a transparent heating glass technology. Although the glass does not currently get hot enough to toast bread, the vendor explained with some R&D this application may be possible. The concept was developed by the Inventables Concept Studio.