The New York Public library has digitized a 100 “how to do it” cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago. The tips you find on these cards are pretty amazing that you might just want to take notes.
Before cigarettes were known to be harmful, lots of people collected cigarette cards. Each pack contained different cards and displayed photos of celebs, advertisements and more.
Gallagher cigarettes, a UK-founded tobacco company that was once the biggest in the world, decided to print a series of how-to’s on their cards, which range from boiling potatoes to stopping a runaway horse.
Some of these cards are incredibly clever and even show you how to make a fire extinguisher at home.
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!