9 Vintage Life Hacks From the 1900s That Actually Work! Your Great-Grandparents Used These!!

By | August 11, 2014

Technology may have come a long way, but there are still some things that remain old school. Back in the 1900s, Gallaher’s Cigarettes came up with these helpful cards that came with every pack of cigarettes. These completely crazy-sounding life hacks from the 1900s actually work…so why not give them a try?

#1. Keeping Plants Watered While You’re 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.”

keeping plants watered while away

#2. 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.”

light a match in the wind

#3. 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.”

preserve eggs

#4. 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.”

stop a mad dog

#5. 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.”

water filet

#6. 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.”

extracting a splinter

#7. How to Fell a Tree: “Once you have 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.”

fell a tree

#8. 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.”

fire extinguisher

#9. How to Make a Chair to 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 look 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 make a chair cross a stream

Although some of these are hilarious, there is still a lot of useful information that we could definitely use! Share with the world!