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