I also recall some rotary switches that were rather nice, except may of those were downright dangerous since the actual 120V wires were on EXPOSED screws (or did they come with covers that fell off over time?) Those were always connected to knob & tube wiring systems, so it's pretty apparent why they vanished with time.
Today, all light switches are pretty much the same, and lack any artistic qualities. Yea, there are rocker switches available, but they are no more interesting than the standard flip switches.
Homes in general have lost the old artistic qualities. I recall all the fancy carvings around the gables, which was usually called "gingerbread". Today's homes are all pretty much the same box construction, with little uniqueness or artistic quality. Either people have lost "taste" or they are just too busy with work and politics and thier facebook accounts to give a damn about making their homes unique and creative. It's a real shame, and I miss all of that, and I miss those push button switches, and the sounds of coal fired boilers clanking in the heavy iron pipes and radiators, and the smell of homemade bread and cookies, back when people still baked at home.
But they call it progress. Now we have computers, where everyone can go on facebook and find out exactly what time our neighbors took a shit, and which ones were arrested last night and which are getting a divorce. They call it progress, but I sure cant see what has progressed.... In fact, I think we have all taken a step backwards and resorted back to our primate origins, where we no longer have any creativity, but we will continue to decline as a species until we live only to destroy. Destroy everything from the past, and destroy each other!