100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Still Very Useful To This Day

In the early 20th century, cigarette manufacturers used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength. Someone saw a great marketing opportunity there, and began printing artwork, trivia, advertisements, famous people, and more.

In the 1910s, Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company, came up with an idea to print “How-To” series on these cards that would offer clever life hacks for a variety of situations, which range from such everyday tasks as cutting bread, to less likely events like stopping a runaway horse.

There are 100 tips in total and the New York Public Library have made them all available by digitizing them on their website here. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite hacks below. Many of them can still be useful to this day! Have a look for yourself!

#1. How To Extract A Splinter

#2. How To Test Butter

#3. How To Revive Cut Flowers

#4. How To Make A Fire Extinguisher

#5. How To Cut New Bread Into Slices

#6. How To Separate Glass Tumblers

#7. How To Preserve Valuable Vases

#8. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes

#9. How To Prevent Eye-Glasses “Steaming”

#10. How To Treat Sprains

#11. How To Judge The Weather

#12. How To Draw A Duck Without Pencil Leaving The Paper

#13. How To Clean Oil Painting

#14. How To Fit In A Large Candle

#15. How To Stop A Runaway Horse

#16. Three Useful Knots

#17. How To Pack Choice Flowers

#18. Lightning A Cigarette With A Piece Of Ice

#19. How To Light A Match In The Wind

#20. How To Carry A Heavy Jug

#20. How To Make Water Fountain For Chicks

#21. How To Pick Up Broken Glass

22. How To Detect Dampness In Beds

#23. How To Judge Freshness Of A Lobster

#24. How To Take Ink Stains Of A Handkerchief

#25. How To Keep A Paint Brush Clean

#26. How To Clean Bottles

#27. How To Increase Lung Power

#28. How To Draw An Ellipse With String