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 2 years ago

Did anyone actually tried this?

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Rosanne Sterenborg 2 years ago

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

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Dhanya Munro 2 years ago

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

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Sophie G 2 years ago

define hot!

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Juana 2 years ago

What is sal-amoniac?

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Marioara Popescu 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Marioara Popescu 2 years ago

Why would you want dry potatoes?

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

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

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Craig Wright 2 years ago

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

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Mary Magennis 2 years ago

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

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Stille20 2 years ago

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

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Anamaria Sânziana 2 years ago

This is really helpful

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Craig Wright 2 years ago

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

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Crochet Rox 2 years ago

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

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Curious Cat 2 years ago

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

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Heather Kopacz 2 years ago

A slice of bread also picked up the small bits

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Bessy Eek 2 years 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 2 years ago

Thus ends Red Lobsters reign of terror

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Craig Wright 2 years ago

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

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Flora Polvado 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

okWHATjusthappenedinthere

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Dnelle1972 2 years ago

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

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Mary Stueben 2 years ago

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

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Craig Wright 2 years ago

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

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Jim 2 years ago

Sure, no poisonous gas here....

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Craig Wright 2 years ago

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

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Jim 2 years ago

Or don't smoke Gallaher Cigarettes.

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Pam Thompson 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Craig Wright 2 years 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 2 years ago

What is real lace and what is calcined magnesia?

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Curious Cat 2 years ago

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

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Marioara Popescu 2 years ago

"how to shave a pipe"

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Cassie 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Craig Wright 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

"upsetting" . Even accidents were talked about poilitely

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Mary Magennis 2 years ago

Useful for children! LOL

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Astrid Kernbauer 2 years ago

I do this daily

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Psic. B. Elizabeth Herrejón Cortés 2 years ago

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

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Sylvie P 2 years ago

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

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

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

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ADHORTATOR 2 years ago

when plastic didn't exist....

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Sophie G 2 years ago

I'd have glued myself stuck indoors forever

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Mary Magennis 2 years ago

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

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Helen Eldridge 2 years 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 2 years ago

"shoot the stump several times"

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Mary Magennis 2 years ago

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

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Flora Polvado 2 years ago

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

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Kjorn 2 years ago

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who still use nails?

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Cat-lover 2 years 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) 2 years 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 2 years ago

OMG, someone do this with their apple computer.

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Marioara Popescu 2 years ago

Wtf is spermaceti?

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Mary Magennis 2 years ago

Where did I leave my seccotine? Always misplacing it.

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Jim 2 years 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 2 years ago

What was it used for?

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Šimon Špaček 2 years 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 2 years ago

They almost invented induction fire hahaha

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Data1001 2 years ago

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

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Marioara Popescu 2 years ago

I wonder if you can cut the glass like this.

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Jim 2 years ago

or use something clean like a cutting board.

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Sophie G 2 years ago

off with their heads!

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Jim 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Sylvie P 2 years ago

Damn it's upside down !

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Bradley Roon 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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Martin 2 years ago

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

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Jim 2 years ago

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

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Charlotte Ayers 2 years ago

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

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Karen Drucks 2 years ago

Bet this doesn't work with plastic

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Claudia Garcia 2 years ago

Show it to them so they can mend their broken market