10 Brilliant Lifehacks From 100 Years Ago

Cigarette manufacturers in the late 1880’s began inserting stiffening cards into their cigarette packs to strengthen the paper container. It wasn’t long before they put artwork, famous people, pretty girls, and trivia onto those cards grouped into collectible series.

Production of these cards continued into the 1940s and are highly valuable today. The most expensive sold for $2.8 million in 2007. It was a card bearing the face of Honus Wagner, an anti-smoking baseball player.

In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden’s Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co started printing cards with “How-To” series with clever hints on how to handle many of life’s problems – from steaming out a splinter to making an emergency water filter.

Here are 10 100-year-old lifehacks printed onto vintage, and definitely valuable cards.

1. How to make a fire extinguisher

100 yr old lifehacks - fire extinguisher

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2. How to extract a splinter

100 yr old lifehacks - splinter

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3. How to preserve eggs

100 yr old lifehacks - preserve eggs

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4. How to fell a tree

100 yr old lifehacks - fell a tree

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5. How to stop a mad dog

100 yr old lifehacks - stop a mad dog

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6. Keeping plants watered while away on vacation

100 yr old lifehacks - plants

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7. How to light a match in the wind

100 yr old lifehacks - match

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8. How to make a chair to cross a stream

100 yr old lifehacks - chair

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9. How to rescue someone from electric shock

100 yr old lifehacks - electric shock

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10. How to make an emergency water filter

100 yr old lifehacks - emergency water filter

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via MentalFloss