100 Year Old Life Hacks That Still Work Today

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Despite what most people think, life hacks are not a new trend. In fact, some of them have been around for hundreds of years, as demonstrated by these helpful life hacking cards that came along with each packet of Gallaher’s brand cigarettes between 1800-1900.

Here are a few of them anecdotes which are totally applicable in this moment and day as they were 100 years ago.

Many of us would have grown up with our parents and grandparents saying ‘back in my day…’, offering their wisdom on how to do certain things. We tend to laugh and shrug it off, however, it is fascinating to know how certain problems were over come without today’s technologies and inventions available. Below you will see techniques, recipes and advice that was printed on cigarette packets 100 years ago. It would be really interesting to try out a few of the ‘hacks’ to see which ones are effective. Take a look!
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1. Gallaher Brand Cigarette Cards

In the early 1900’s, each pack of Gallaher brand cigarettes would come with a handy “life hack” card. Ironic, we know.

Below, you’ll find nine of their advice cards that incredibly still hold up today.
“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”
3. Keeping Plants Watered While Away
“Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical. Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot.”
“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture.
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On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.”
“Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”
“A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state.
“In rescuing a person touched by a “live wire” do not attempt to take hold of him if he is still grasping the wire, unless your hands are protected by rubber gloves, a water-proof coat, or several thicknesses of dry cloth. Stand on glass or dry wood, and try and have (the) current switched off, and send at once for a doctor.”
“A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.”
“Having decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes.”
“Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place ”” it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell.”
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