Now when saying this pack of cigarettes actually tries to help you sounds absurd. But it’s true! Just open the pack and see how.
The term “life hacks” has been quickly raising its popularity in the internet today. Numerous websites are uploading different types of life hacks – useful or pure nuts.
But did you know that some of those trendy life hacks today were discovered even before you were born?
Back in the 1900s, UK-based cigarette manufacturer, Gallaher’s Cigarettes, used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to strengthen them and make them last longer. As time passes, someone came up with a brilliant idea of printing trivia, artwork, and even pictures of famous people and athletes onto the stiffening cards.
Applying the idea, Gallaher Ltd. issued in the early 20th Century a special series of 100 “How to do it” cards. It included some truly useful and helpful tips to make your life easier while some are more on the ‘just-for-fun’ part. The entire collection of 100 cards is on display at the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection. It’s recently made available online for everyone to see all 100 cards.
For once, this might be the only beneficial surprise from cigarettes. So, here are 10 of those vintage life hacks from cigarette packs.
1. How to Extract a Splinter
“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”
2. How to Light a Match in the Wind
“The all familiar difficulty of lighting a match in the 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.”
3. 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, throw one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted.”
4. 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 what so ever will be allowed to get to the shell.”
5. How to Pick Up Broken Glass
“To pick up broken glass quickly and cleanly a soft damp cloth will be found to be most effective, for it picks up all the small splinters. The best plan is to use an old piece of rag that can be thrown away with the glass.”
6. How to Prevent Eye Glasses Steaming
“The moisture which collects on eyeglasses causes a great deal of trouble, but if the glasses are daily rubbed with soap and well polished afterwards, a very thin invisible film of soap remains, which has the effect of preventing the condensation of moisture on the glasses.”
7. How to separate glass tumblers
“When two glass tumblers stick together, there is a danger of breakage in trying to separate them. The simplest and most effective method of releasing the glasses is to put cold water in the upper one and place the lower one in warm water. They should separate at once.”
8. How to Revive Cut Flowers
“To revive choice blooms that have faded during transit, plunge the stems into hot water and allow them to remain until the water has cooled. By that time the flowers will have revived. The ends of the stems should then be cut off and the blossoms placed in cold water in the usual way.”
9. When Boiling Cracked Eggs
“To boil cracked eggs as satisfactorily as though they were undamaged, a little vinegar should be added to the water. If this is done, it is found that none of the contents will boil out.”
10. How to Cool Wine Without Ice
“If no ice is available for cooling wine, a good method is to wrap the bottle in flannel and place it in a crock beneath the cold water tap. Allow the water to run over it, as shown in the picture, and in about ten minutes the wine will be thoroughly cool and ready for the table.”