A lot of families had these and they were as ugly then as they are now. These usually ended up being your first apartment furniture when you ventured out in the world and used hand-me-downs to get started.
I remember this fresh toasted nuts display at my local department store growing up. Many of the Sears department stores had these. When my mam would take us shopping she would allow us to buy what we wanted from the display. I always wanted Cashews.