I am also working on "Old Things that still work." My boyfriend's dad has an armchair purchased in 1958 (reupholstered several times). He also has a stove and an oven from the 50s in his garage. He has a glass coffeepot that was a wedding gift in 1953, a Kitchen Aid mixer from the mid-70s, and an Amana Radar Range from 1993 (it's not THAT old, but I can never get mine to last so long. The last time we replaced our microwave, we told the salesmanm about the Amana microwave from 1993, and he said we will not find anything like that). Oh, and he's got a radio from 1978.
I love all of this stuff, esp. the real retro oven! It's a lot of fun scrapping this stuff!