20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

The internet is full of life hacks and DIY ideas that can show you how to do just about anything but these things are anything but new.
Even though the actual term ‘life hacks’ is relatively new, such tips and hints have been known for a very long time. Normally, you wouldn’t expect to look for advice on a piece of paper dating back to the 1900s but we are here to change your mind.
Back then, cigarette companies used stiff paper in their cigarette packs in order to preserve the strength of the package. These used to be blank papers or simply had the name of the company printed on them until someone at Gallaher’s Cigarettes came up with the idea of printing ‘How To Do It’ cards.

In this collection, we are going to show you 20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1). These life hacks have been collected over time and recently, they were digitized and made available online as part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection. You can check it out if you want to find the entire collection or alternatively, you can stick with us as we show you some of the most useful or fun ones. Don’t be fooled by their age because these cards contain some pretty awesome tips that you might make use of any day. Enjoy!

1. How to extract a splinter

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

2. How to light a match in the wind

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

3. How to pull out long nails

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

4. How to use coins for measurements

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

5. How to tell the points of the compass with a watch

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

6. How to treat sprains

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

7. Make a homemade fire extingusher

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

8. Carrying a heavy jug the right way

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

9. Detect escaping gas

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

10. A hint for boiling potatoes

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

11. Make corks fit

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

12. Cooling wine when no ice is available

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

13. A hint for boiling cracked eggs

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

14. How to kill a tree stump

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

15. Preserve your valuable vases

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

16. Remove sea stains from brown shoes

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

17. Make a very simple gate latch

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

18. Simple way to clean an oil painting

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

19. How to determine the quality of butter

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20. Draw a circle without a compass

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

20 Genius Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Are Still Applicable Today (Part 1)

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