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30 Life Hacks That Were Invented 100 Years Ago – And Are Still Useful Today

By - 27th April 2018

‘Life Hacks’ are a sensation that seems to be taking the internet by storm. It would seem that people love sharing their handy hints and tips that they’ve discovered or had passed down from generations. But we’ve just discovered the joys of 100-year-old life hacks left behind by a lost generation.

Now, it’s not often that people decide to look back at the early 1900’s for advice. However, sometimes you stumble upon a little pot of gold that turns out to be pretty spectacular life advice.

The New York Public Library has digitised 100 “how to do it” cards that were found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago. Despite the century-old advice, they’re still pretty useful today! Who knows, millennials could learn a thing or two from these cigarette cards.

Once upon a time, cigarette cards were popular collectables that you would get in every pack of cigarettes. They displayed all sorts, from pictures of celebrities and sportsmen to advertisements and jokes.

Gallaher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company was once the largest in the world, decided to print a series of handy hints and how-to’s on their cards. Everything from the mundane hints like boiling potatoes and lighting matches in the wind to the more bizarre scenarios like lighting a cigarette with an ice cube or stopping a runaway horse.

The entire collection of 100-year-old life hacks are now part of the NYPL’s George Arents Collection. We’ve narrowed the list down to our favourite 30 for your viewing pleasure. So make sure you check them out below.

Let us know which of the 100-year-old life hacks is your favourite in the comment section below.

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30. This one is a little more niche, but it could still help somebody out one day!

Which of these 100-year-old life-hacks helped you out the most? Do you have any family members who still have any cigarette cards? At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section below. 🐝