These 100-Year-Old Life Tricks Are Incredibly Useful Today - I Had No Idea About THIS!
Shaylynn Totolo 4/20/2016
Long before crazy Russian dudes were giving us cool tricks on how to use pool noodles, there were these little cards you could find cool life tips on...
Gallaher Cigarettes and Ogden's Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co needed a stiffening paper in their packs of paper cigarettes. So, some genius in marketing came up with this brilliant idea. Why not add tip cards in the packs to not only strengthen the pack, but also market the brand? The cards became increasingly popular, which of course increased sales. If only they came in packs of broccoli, instead of packs of smokes, right?
The cards, which started being added to the packs in the 1880's, continued well into the 1940's and are now quite the collectors items. They included not only "life hacks," but also artwork, trivia, celebrities of the time, and pretty girls. For these particular cards there was a picture on the front and on the back, instructions.
Let's just keep in mind, these cards were made 100 years ago, we by no means recommend trying these unless you are a professional mad dog wrangler or likewise.
How To Make A Fire Extinguisher
"Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted."
How To Make A Water Filter
"A most handy and efficacious filter can be made out of an ordinary perfectly clean zinc water pail, through the bottom of which a hole has been drilled and a small pipe fitted. The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand, and clean picked gravel and stones, with which the pail is filled, filtering through to the bottom in a clear state."
How To Rescue Someone From Electric Shock
"In rescuing a person touched by a "live wire" do not attempt to take hold of him if he is still grasping the wire, unless your hands are protected by rubber gloves, a water-proof coat, or several thicknesses of dry cloth. Stand on glass or dry wood, and try and have (the) current switched off, and send at once for a doctor."
How To Make A Chair And Cross A Stream
"Fasten a strong rope to a tree and let a boy swim across the stream and fasten the other end to a tree on an opposite bank. Make the chair, fasten it to a running loop or a block pulley, and by means of a light rope fastened to the middle of (the) chair and held by a scout at each end, those unable to swim are safely passed over."
How To Light A Match In The Wind
"The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance."
How To Keep Plants Watered While Away
"Fill a large pail with water, and stand it a little above the level of the plants and group round or near as many plants as practical. Loosely plait two or three strands of wool together, immerse completely in water, and place one end in the pail, weighted, and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil: a separate plait of wool is advisable for each pot."
How To Stop A Mad Dog
"A scout's staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavours to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick."
How To Fell A Tree
"Having decided which side you wish the tree to fall, cut alternatively a downward and inward cut as shown. When about half through, proceed to cut the other side a few inches higher, and finally pull tree down by means of ropes."
How To Preserve Eggs
"Eggs for preserving must be newly laid, and by simply putting these into a box or tin of dry salt-burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping it in a cool dry place — it is possible to preserve them for a very long period. No air whatever should be allowed to get to the shell."