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Those thin sheets of hardwood or MDF at the back of cabinets always aggravates me. As has been said, they tend to come loose, and even if you put a staple gun to them, they have a tendency to come off yet again.
I've got a solid English oak livingroom cupboard from my granddad from around the 1950s, and the back of it is solid oak just like all the rest of it.
They very literally don't make them like they used to anymore. Then again, back in the old days, you would buy one assortment of decent furniture once in your life, typically when you got married, and that furniture would stay with you until the day you died and left it to your children. Nowadays, most people buy new furniture every five to ten years and throw the old pieces away, and therefore it doesn't have to be as sturdy anymore as it used to be.
Shame though. The old way was among other things much more ecological. Also because the wood for your furniture was usually sourced locally.