Most vintage photos are opportunities to admire the style of decades past.

Others are opportunities to thank the stars that technology has advanced since the time of the photo.

I'll let you decide what category this picture of a microwave from the 1940s falls into:

1940s microwave

Just looking at the open-air configuration makes me want to move far, far away from it. Also, the thing looks like a robot. And it's massive.

No wonder it took decades to get microwaves into homes.

Occasionally, old stuff is worth money. Click through to see if any garage finds are "investments."

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  • A 1950s Mickey Mouse Toy

    Together, the words vintage and Mickey Mouse sound like a recipe for a fortune. But is it? Learn how <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/17/country-living-what-is-it-mickey-mouse-toy_n_3452999.html" target="_blank">Country Living appraised it</a>.

  • An Early-20th-Century Diamond Dyes Color Card

    This unusual relic is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/27/country-living-what-is-it-color-card_n_3340561.html" target="_blank">certainly worth a great deal more than we expected</a>.

  • A 1950s Jiffy-Way Egg Scale

    We didn't even know eggs were scaled back in the day. But if you happen to have one of these lying around your attic, you ought to consider selling it. They're <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/country-living-whats-it-worth-egg-scale_n_3036122.html" target="_blank">worth a pretty penny</a>.

  • A 1870s Watchmaker's Cabinet

    Find out how much <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/18/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2706977.html" target="_blank">Country Living appraised it for</a>.

  • A 1950 Doily Stretcher

    When's the last time you <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/country-living-what-is-it-worth-doily-stretcher_n_3222043.html?utm_hp_ref=huffpost-home&ir=HuffPost%20Home#slide=2325382" target="_blank">saw one of these</a>?

  • A 1930s Syrup-Dispenser Base

    We couldn't believe how much Country Living <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2803695.html" target="_blank">appraised this for</a>.

  • A 1970s Pauline Trigère Wool Coat

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2756009.html" target="_blank">retro-chic coat</a> is worth a lot more than you'd expect.

  • A Circa-1941 Steelcraft Toy Bus

    You'll neve believe how much this <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2659298.html">vintage toy bus </a>is worth.

  • A 1970s Peacock Chair

    This <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2546768.html">Victorian chair</a> is worth a pretty penny.

  • A Mid-19th Century Storage Chest

    Check out how much this well crafted, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/21/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2500864.html">mid-19th century storage chest</a> is worth.

  • A Late-1800s Butler's Call Box

    Ever wondered how much <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2471051.html">antique call boxes</a> are worth nowadays?

  • A Midcentury Argus C3 Match-Matic Camera

    Here's an assessment in case you were planning on picking one of these <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2415746.html">Match-Matic cameras</a> up on your next trip to the vintage shops.

  • A Vintage Simon & Garfunkel Record

    Love the duo? Find out how much their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/country-living-whats-it-worth_n_2381485.html">vintage records</a> are going for.

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