100-Year-Old Life Hacks That Are Surprisingly Useful Today
People don’t often look back on the early 1900’s for advice, but what if we could actually learn something from the Lost Generation? The New York Public Library has digitized 100 “how to do it” cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago, and the tips they give are so practical that millennials reading this might want to take notes.
Back in the day, cigarette cards were popular collectibles included in every pack, and displayed photos of celebrities, advertisements, and more. Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company that was once the largest in the world, decided to print a series of helpful how-to’s on their cards, which ranged from mundane tasks (boiling potatoes) to unlikely scenarios (stopping a runaway horse). Most of them are insanely clever, though, like how to make a fire extinguisher at home. Who even knew you could do that?
The entire set of life hacks is now part of the NYPL’s George Arents Collection. Check out some of the cleverest ones we could find below. You never know when you’ll have to clean real lace!
🌶🇲🇽🌮 TODAY IS OFFICIALLY The Fifth of May 🇲🇽 CINCO DE MAYO 🌮🇲🇽🌶
Originating in the 1860′s with Mexican-American communities in the American West, Southwest and Northwest, the American Cinco de Mayo began as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. Today, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed annually on May 5 as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for “fifth of May.”
The United States Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution on June 7, 2005, calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
According to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, a 2006 study found there are more than 150 official Cinco de Mayo events across the country.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States have taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. They include displaying of banners and events highlighting Mexican culture, music and regional dancing, as well as school districts holding special events to educate students about its historical significance. In the U.S., commercial interests have capitalized on the celebration advertising Mexican products and services with an emphasis on beverages, food and music.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Share your Mexican heritage and use #CincoDeMayo to post on social media.
Celebrated in Mexico as a commemoration of the Mexican army’s 1861 victory France during the Franco-Mexican War. The victory occurred at the Battle of Puebla between 6,000 French troops and small, under-supplied Mexican force of 2,000 men.
The victory was not the battle that won the war, but it held great symbolism for the Mexico during the war, but is minor holiday there and is not considered a federal holiday. (at Sunny Isles Marina)
“What if we made advertising that celebrated disordered eating and sacrificing yr body for survival and also the feminization of low wage work?” How do you make that advert and not realize you are an unethical person
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hi! do you know any blogs that are like yours, just a later time period? like the 30s-60s? i want to find blogs like that, i'm just having a hard time doing so.
I hope I haven’t classified these too inaccurately (I’m sorry; I know that I can’t even describe my own blog so I shouldn’t be trying to describe others, lol!! I just didn’t want to give a list of names with no information), and they’re not all quite what you’re asking for, AND I’m not done adding to the list, but these are all absolutely fantastic history blogs, so:
@route22ny(Mostly late 19th century to mid 20th, art deco, lots of beautiful street scenes and super in-depth research, great information on great old buildings and transportation)
@kittyinva(Mostly 1920s to 1930s, lots of lovely magazine covers, ephemera, art deco, celebrities like Mary Pickford and Clara Bow, flapperwear - she’s super knowledgeable!)
@lwom(Mostly classic Hollywood era, classic stars and disney!)
@wehadfacesthen(Mostly classic Hollywood era, great shots of stars like Jean Harlow and some lovely street scenes as well)
@deforest(Mostly classic Hollywood era, great old movie clips and shots of stars, beautiful paintings)
@zeehasablog(Late 19th century to mid 20th, everything from
daguerreotypes and paintings to the classic stars)
@thescrewlooseduck (Mostly early to mid 20th century, lots of great photographs and vintage comics)
@sparklejamesysparkle(Classic Hollywood, beautiful portraits and candid photos of starlets, actresses like Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard)
@heavyarethecrowns (A lot of current day royals, so this one’s different from the rest of the list - but when she does spams of historic royals, which happens pretty frequently, she really nails it! If you go through her tags there’s lots of candid pictures of the Queen, Princess Margaret, Prince Charles, Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor, The Queen Mother and King George VI and many more!)
@michiganpast (All sorts of stuff exploring Michigan’s history - photos, newspaper clippings, advertisements)
@memento-nobis(Found photos! Super interesting; orphaned photographs - where did they come from? When were they taken? Who took them? memento-nobis digs into the clues given in the images to figure it out!)
@inquisitorian (Lots of historical art like paintings and statues, architecture, etc)
@la-belle-crawford(Retro, a lovely feminine mid-century aesthetic, classic Hollywood starlets)
@sydneyflapper(1920s! Edwardian through to the 1930s. Lots of ephemera - so many great postcards, magazine covers and illustrations! Vintage clothing.)