People don't often look back on the early 1900's for advice, but what if we could actually learn something from the Lost Generation? The New York Public Library has digitized 100 "how to do it" cards found in cigarette boxes over 100 years ago, and the tips they give are so practical that millennials reading this might want to take notes.

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

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

Did anyone actually tried this?

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Rosanne Sterenborg 1 year ago

It looks like the steam also makes human bodies dissappear. Creepy!

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Dhanya Munro 1 year ago

I have broken enough glasses already . I wish I had known this trick.

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Sophie G 1 year ago

define hot!

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Juana 1 year ago

What is sal-amoniac?

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

This is a very useful life hack. I always needed to draw a duck without pencil leaving the paper and l strugled so much...

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

This just reminds me of something involving drugs. IS THE BUTTER PURE?!!

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

Why would you want dry potatoes?

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Reading this in 2017 is hilarious. "grabs phone and sees weather for next 7 days"

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

"How to prevent jug snakes from laying eggs on your feet."

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

Ok, this one I will try. Do they have a hack for when the candle is too small? ;)

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Stille20 1 year ago

hmmm. Interesting. I feel like this could be use for certain kinds of flower arrangements.

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Anamaria Sânziana 1 year ago

This is really helpful

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

"How to attract the larger male match during mating season using a captured female."

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Crochet Rox 1 year ago

This chick likes it better when you forget the water and leave the wine in the nottle!

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Curious Cat 1 year ago

will try this on my Monet next time it gets dirty.

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Heather Kopacz 1 year ago

A slice of bread also picked up the small bits

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Bessy Eek 1 year ago

This is not about how to avoid eggs cracking, it's how to keep cracked eggs whole while boiling — are you people illiterate? Consider the fact that people in those days wouldn't throw away an ENTIRE, NUTRITIOUS egg just because it was a little damaged.

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Curious Cat 1 year ago

Thus ends Red Lobsters reign of terror

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

Whosoever knocks over the urn now, must agree to consume all of the sand, as is customary.

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

Apologies to germaphobes, but it is far easier on the form arm and wrist, especially with a full pitcher.

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Linda Stark 1 year ago

Milk works, my husband had a pen that leaked in the pocket of his nice white shirt and I soaked it in milk. All the ink went.

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Sophie G 1 year ago

okWHATjusthappenedinthere

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Dnelle1972 1 year ago

Where are we supposed to be getting all of this sand?

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Mary Stueben 1 year ago

Don't most knots get tighter the harder you pull?

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

"How to prevent an ornery broom from taking to the air."

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Jim 1 year ago

Sure, no poisonous gas here....

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

"How to discover your house's hidden interdimentional portal or rift."

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Jim 1 year ago

Or don't smoke Gallaher Cigarettes.

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Pam Thompson 1 year ago

Add this final step - hold your arm overhead with fingers 'loosely' straightened - gravity will help blood leave the finger. Jeweler's trick.

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Ariel 1 year ago

Walking in backwards from a cold place to a warm place also stops glasses from fogging up.

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

Maidens are often quick-witted and nimble. How are we to catch them and extract the hair for this experiment?

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

What is real lace and what is calcined magnesia?

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Curious Cat 1 year ago

nice.. now i can wear my loafers on the beach..

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

"how to shave a pipe"

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Cassie 1 year ago

This works in the northern hemisphere. The method is different for the southern hemisphere. http://www.wikihow.com/Use-an-Analog-Watch-as-a-Compass

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Rin Rin 1 year ago

At first I saw a man blowing onto pigeon, slightly confusing.

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Craig Wright 1 year ago

"Be sure to take photos of your experiment using the Gallagher quad copter - pictured at bottom right. Now with compass and extra nicotine."

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Ellen Jakub 1 year ago

Bodkin - a blunt, thick needle with a large eye used especially for drawing tape or cord through a hem.

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

And if you soak an egg for a week in vinegar, the shell disappears & the egg becomes see-through & pickles

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

"upsetting" . Even accidents were talked about poilitely

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

Useful for children! LOL

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Astrid Kernbauer 1 year ago

I do this daily

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Psic. B. Elizabeth Herrejón Cortés 1 year ago

And you will have wasted a horrible amount of water :/

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Sylvie P 1 year ago

Sadly, now, ordinary cloth pins are made of plastic and would melt...

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

"Prolonged respectability". I love when my shoes have that

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ADHORTATOR 1 year ago

when plastic didn't exist....

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Sophie G 1 year ago

I'd have glued myself stuck indoors forever

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

I now limp in pain, but at least my shoes don't squeak.

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Helen Eldridge 1 year ago

Or if you haven't got wire, get a piece of thread and put a loop in each end. One end goes round the pencil and the other round a drawing pin or straight pin stuck into the paper.

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

"shoot the stump several times"

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

Especially useful after walking with brads inserted into the soles of one's shoes.

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

This is a great method to use in batik or tie dying

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Kjorn 1 year ago

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who still use nails?

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Cat-lover 1 year ago

Water? Well, if it is water-based paint yes... Otherwise, I would use some kind of oil.

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rick hctep (Rick45) 1 year ago

I used to make these by rolling the old news paper into tubes then flatten them and then plat them, they used to burn longer doing it this way.

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

OMG, someone do this with their apple computer.

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

Wtf is spermaceti?

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

Where did I leave my seccotine? Always misplacing it.

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Jim 1 year ago

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chilblains/home/ovc-20165478 Chilblains (CHILL-blayns) are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold but not freezing air. Also known as pernio, chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on your hands and feet.

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nike.bordom 1 year ago

What was it used for?

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Šimon Špaček 1 year ago

For a moment I was not sure about the 'spirit' part. I would use water with salt. Still this could be a very nice gift.

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Sylvie P 1 year ago

They almost invented induction fire hahaha

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Data1001 1 year ago

"Send for doctor" seems like the only sensible part of that entire paragraph.

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Marioara Popescu 1 year ago

I wonder if you can cut the glass like this.

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Jim 1 year ago

or use something clean like a cutting board.

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Sophie G 1 year ago

off with their heads!

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Jim 1 year ago

ca·tarrh kəˈtär/Submit noun excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane. Or don't smoke....

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Flora Polvado 1 year ago

This could be a cool paper craft idea. Just be careful what the ink is put on.

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Sylvie P 1 year ago

Damn it's upside down !

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Bradley Roon 1 year ago

Modern blacksmiths soak their handles that are loose in pure antifreeze - not the diluted stuff. The plastics go into the crushed wood cells and swell it like water, but they don't evaporate...

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Melissa Nunya 1 year ago

I always look for fly repellent in my furniture polish 👍🏻😉

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Martin 1 year ago

I'm old, my cock is already weathered, thank you very much!

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Jim 1 year ago

Beeswax won't taint the taste of whatever you are corking.

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Charlotte Ayers 1 year ago

....with no adverse consequences from ingesting the alum itself. Just like mercury.

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Karen Drucks 1 year ago

Bet this doesn't work with plastic

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Claudia Garcia 1 year ago

Show it to them so they can mend their broken market

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Mary Magennis 1 year ago

What happened to using a cold biscuit?

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rick hctep (Rick45) 1 year ago

Done that many times.

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