Seriously, Read This! 40 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago THEY SO WORK!

 
 
 
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Back in the 1900s, cigarette manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength and help them last longer. Along the way, someone had the bright idea of printing trivia, artwork and even famous people and athletes (Honus Wagner anyone?) onto the stiffening cards.

In the early 20th Century, Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 “How to do it” cards that included some truly useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. The entire 100 card collection is part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection and was recently digitized.

Below you will find 40 of the Sifter’s personal favorites. Visit the NYPL Digital Collections to see them all.

 

 

1. How to Extract a Splinter

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

2. How to Light a Match in the Wind

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

3. How to Tell the Points of the Compass with a Watch

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

4. How To Treat Sprains

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

5. How To Make a Fire Extinguisher

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

6. How To Carry a Heavy Jug

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

7. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

8. How To Kill a Tree Stump

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

9. How To Make Corks Fit

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library

 

 

10. How To Pull Out Long Nails

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George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library