We don't generally think of the laundry room when we think about breakthrough technology, and frankly, that's why I chose this 55 year-old ad for a washing machine for today's retro tech. My mind just has trouble believing that all these years later, this is essentially the same way we wash and dry clothes today. There's got to be someone out there with a better idea. Anyone? Anyone? Maybe we need to bring back the "Wonder-Dial" mentioned in the ad.
Oh, and for those who complain about product placement in TV shows today (and I consider myself one of those people) it brings some perspective to see how thoroughly the ad is integrated into the show. Why it makes those Coca-Cola cups on American Idol look downright subtle by comparison: