20 Century old life hacks that still work wonders today

By Paul Pinkerton
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20 Century old life hacks that still work wonders today

Paul Pinkerton
 
 
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We just love the old ways of doing things, sure, some things can be done better now but they used to manage amazing things with very little resources and that’s reflected in the hacks below.

We’ve been playing in the Outdoor Revival Office and put a few of them to good use, see how you do with them and let us know.

During the 1900s, cigarette manufacturers used to put stiffening cards into their packs of cigarettes to give them strength and help make them last longer.

 

In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden’s Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co printed “How-To” series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations.

From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, these cigarette cards told you the smart way to handle many of life’s problems.

Someone during this time had an ingenious idea to put trivia, artwork and even famous people (Elvis Presley anyone?) and athletes onto the stiffening cards.

 

1. How to Extract a Splinter

 

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

Gallagher’s Cigarettes made a special series of 100 cards that included “How to do it”, useful tips and tricks for everyday problems in the early 20th Century.

2. How to Light a Match in the Wind

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

 

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

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

The whole 100 card collection was recently digitized and made part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection.

 

You can visit the NYPL Digital Collections at digitalcollections.nypl.org/ to see all 100.

4. How To Treat Sprains

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

5. How To Make a Fire Extinguisher

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

 

6. How To Carry a Heavy Jug

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

7. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

8. How To Kill a Tree Stump

 

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George Arents Collection Photo credit

9. How To Make Corks Fit

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

10. How To Pull Out Long Nails

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

11. How To Measure With Coins

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

12. How To Detect Escaping Gas

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

13. How To Cool Wine without Ice

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

14. When Boiling Cracked Eggs

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

15. How To Preserve Valuable Vases

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

16. How To Remove Sea Stains from Brown Shoes

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

17. How To Make a Simple Gate Latch

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

18. How To Clean an Oil Painting

 

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How To Clean an Oil Painting Photo Credit

19. How To Test Butter

 

George Arents Collection Photo Credit
George Arents Collection Photo Credit

20. How To Draw a Circle Without a Compass

 

 

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George Arents Collection Photo Credit

 

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