Wednesday, November 11, 2015

40 Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago That are Still Useful in Today's Society

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. Here, below are 40 helpful tips via Twisted Sifter.

1. How To Pull Out Long Nails




2. How To Detect Dampness in Beds




3. How To Kill a Tree Stump




4. How To Make a Simple Gate Latch




5. How To Make Corks Fit




6. How To Treat Sprains




7. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes




8. How To Make a Fire Extinguisher




9. How To Clean Real Lace




10. How To Make a Water Fountain for Chicks




11. How To Adjust a Door




12. How To Test Butter




13. How To Cool Wine with Ice




14. How To Clean an Oil Painting




15. How to Extract a Splinter




16. How To Treat Squeaky Boots




17. How To Remove a Tight Ring from the Finger




18. How To Carry a Heavy Jug




19. How To Clean Bottles




20. How To Measure With Coins




21. How To Clean New Boots




22. How To Cut New Bread Into Thin Slices




23. How To Detect Escaping Gas




24. How To Draw a Circle Without a Compass




25. How To Keep a Paint Brush Handle Clean




26. How To Draw an Ellipse with String




27. How To Preserve Valuable Vases




28. How To Remove a Stuck Glass Stopper




29. How To Take Ink Stains Out a Handkerchief




30. How To Pick Up Broken Glass




31. How To Remove Sea Stains from Brown Shoes




32. When Boiling Cracked Eggs




33. How To Separate Glass Tumblers




34. How to Light a Match in the Wind




35. How To Fit a Large Candle




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




37. How To Revive Cut Flowers




38. How To Judge the Freshness of a Lobster




39. Three Useful Knots




40. How To Stop a Runaway Horse



(Images: George Arents Collection/ The New York Public Library, via Twisted Sifter)

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