40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today

The term life hacks is relatively new, but did you know that they have been around for a very long time? That’s right. In the 1900s, Gallaher’s Cigarettes started putting stiff paper in their packs of cigarettes to help add some strength because it made them last longer. Over time, someone came up with the idea that these pieces of stiff paper should have trivia, artwork, and pictures of famous people printed on them. This idea quickly caught on and they started to include “How To Do It” cards in each pack of cigarettes. Some of the tips were extremely useful, while others were more fun. Lucky for us, the entire collection which contains 100 cards is on display at the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection. They also recently made these cards available online for all to see, but here are 40 of our favorite vintage life hacks from the Gallaher Cigarette packs.

1. When Boiling Cracked Eggs

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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2. Three Useful Knots

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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3. How To Treat Squeaky Boots

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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4. How To Treat Sprains

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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5. How To Test Butter

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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6. How To Tell The Points Of The Compass With A Watch

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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7. How To Take Ink Stains Out Of A Handkerchief

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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8. How To Stop A Runaway Horse

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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9. To Separate Glass Tumblers

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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10. How to Remove Sea Stains From Brown Shoes

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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11. How To Remove A Tight Ring From The Finger

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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12. How To Remove Glass Stopper From Bottle

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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13. How To Pull Out Long Nails

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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14. How To Preserve Valuable Vases

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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15. How To Pick Up Broken Glass

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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16. How To Measure With Coins

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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17. How To Make Corks Fit

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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18. How To Make Water Fountain For Chicks

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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19. How To Make A Simple Gate Latch

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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20. How To Make A Fire Extinguisher

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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21. How To Light A Match In The Wind

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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22. How To Kill A Tree Stump

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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23. How To Keep A Paint Brush Handle Clean

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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24. How To Judge Freshness Of A Lobster

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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25. To Fit A Large Candle

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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26. How To Extract A Splinter

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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27. How To Draw An Ellipse With String

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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28. How To Draw A Circle Without Compasses

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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29. How To Detect Escaping Gas

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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30. How To Detect Dampness In Beds

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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31. How To Cut New Bread Into Thin Slices

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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32. How To Cool Wine Without Ice

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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33. How To Clean Real Lace

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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34. How To Clean New Boots

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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35. How To Clean Bottles

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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36. How To Clean Oil Paintings

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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37. How To Adjust A Door

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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38. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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39. How To Revive Cut Flowers

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40. How To Carry A Heavy Jug

40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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40 Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Surprisingly Still Useful Today
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H/T

It’s always cool to see what things were like in the past. And these cigarette cards are really fun to look at because they are vintage, but they also give you ideas on how to do things today, when it’s a bit more modern. It’d be really fun to see all of the cards in person. But if you can’t, you can view all of the Gallaher Cigarette cards that are now digitized HERE.

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