In my office I have a gold capped Parker 51 fountain pen that belonged to my father.After his death I had it cleaned up and serviced,and was told it was made in 1948. I use it regularly, and have no reason to think it won't go on for many years yet. It's the best pen I've ever used.
I still use a silver plate set of cutlery daily that my parents got as a wedding present in 1948. A lot of the plate has worn through, especially the spoons where you pull your lips across them in use, the edges of the fork prongs have worn away with touching plates over the years so that they are a rounded profile instead of square, but the knives, having hard stainless blades, have hardly any wear on them although the bone handles are well age worn.
I've never replaced them when refitting the kitchen over the years, strange how we cling onto some things that remind us of an age gone by.
I've got 'The Children's Encyclopedia' by Arthur Mee, printed in 1955, and they, ( Ten Volumes,7340 pages) ...still smell brand new.My Mum and Dad bought them, at the time, but I acquired a better set for a tenner in a charity shop, recently.
I have noticed there has been 'big time' road resurfacing works on some of the major roads in the south-side of Glasgow, that take the bulk of city bound traffic.(and outwards).How long should that, (the road surface) last?.
I have also been impressed by the bus-stop improvements, but vandalism is still rife in Glasgow, and wanton destruction of bus shelters still continue.