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!
I didn’t ever live in the dorms when I went to UW and almost regret it but not really. I watched a LOT of Zoey 101 and my octagon-shaped glorified prison cell would have been so cute. This is the second fall I’m not Going Back To School and it makes me sad, so pls let me decorate your dorm rooms and live vicariously. Above are some things I would buy if I had to decorate a teeny tiny space. My final year of college I did a big thesis project on the history of women’s organizations in sororities and a lot of it focused on the spaces women share together soooo check out some cute vintage dorm photos (not all from Seattle) that I collected for that project.
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