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!
More info: The New York Public Library.
#1 How to extract a splinter.
#3 How to separate glass tumblers.
#4 How to revive cut flowers.
#5 How to make a fire extinguisher.
#6 How to test butter.