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40 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago

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Back in the 1900s, cigarette manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength and help them last longer. Along the way, someone had the bright idea of printing trivia, artwork and even famous people and athletes (Honus Wagner anyone?) onto the stiffening cards. In the early 20th Century, Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 “How to do it” cards that included some truly useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. The entire 100 card collection is part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection and was recently digitized. Below you will find 40 of the Sifter’s personal favorites: 1. How to Extract a Splinter 2. How to Light a Match in the Wind 3. How to Tell the Points of the Compass with a Watch 4. How To Treat Sprains 5. How To Make a Fire Extinguisher 6. How To Carry a Heavy Jug 7. A Hint When Boiling Potatoes 8. How To Kill a Tree Stump 9. How To Make Corks Fit 10. How To Pull Out Long Nails 11. How To Measure With Coins 12. How To Detect Escaping Gas 13. How To Cool Wine with Ice 14. When Boiling Cracked Eggs 15. How To Preserve Valuable Vases 16. How To Remove Sea Stains from Brown Shoes 17. How To Make a Simple Gate Latch 18. How To Clean an Oil Painting 19. How To Test Butter 20. How To Draw a Circle Without a Compass 21. How To Clean Real Lace 22. How To Revive Cut Flowers 23. How To Judge the Freshness of a Lobster 24. How To Make a Water Fountain for Chicks 25. How To Treat Squeaky Boots 26. How To Adjust a Door 27. How To Cut New Bread Into Thin Slices 28. How To Remove a Stuck Glass Stopper 29. How To Detect Dampness in Beds 30. How To Draw an Ellipse with String 31. How To Pick Up Broken Glass 32. How To Stop a Runaway Horse 33. How To Clean New Boots 34. How To Remove a Tight Ring from the Finger 35. How To Keep a Paint Brush Handle Clean 36. How To Take Ink Stains Out a Handkerchief 37. How To Fit a Large Candle 38. How To Clean Bottles 39. Three Useful Knots 40. How To Separate Glass Tumblers ********************************************************** Source: Twisted Swifter Link: https://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/40-vintage-life-hacks-from-100-years-ago/ *********************************************************************** -Music 1: Breaktime by Kevin Mcleod -Music Download Link: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100302 -Music 2: Five Card Shuffle By: Kevin MacLeod -Music Download Link: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100227
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JENNiFER OLSSON (2 months ago)
It annoys me so bad that the numbers aren't in order but this was such a great video
Mark Beever (2 months ago)
no.29 - Danger in a damp bed? Do I want to know?
Lavender Moon (2 months ago)
wow have to try some of these!
Kakashi Hatake (2 months ago)
Where the graphic videos at????
RustyMrRoboto (2 months ago)
I'm not a smoker but for some reason I'm really craving a Gallaher cigarette!
Cody Chloroform (2 months ago)
You put alot of research and effort into this subject matter and video. THX!
GHOST (2 months ago)
Luth .. Your cute
Ice Queen (2 months ago)
The only thing that could make these videos better would be paying attention to your spelling! Other than that....I think they are incredibly interesting! I do a lot of things the old-fashioned way because I'm poor and thrifty so some of these are actually useful to me even in this day and age! :)
lesley smith (2 months ago)
There were some good ideas for simple issues like how to prevent your match from blowing out, keeping paint brush handle clean and all the tips on care of shoes. I don't think I would ever clean an oil painting with a half a potato though. It is weird that these tips were all done by a cigarette company, were these put on the side of the cigarette packets? Thus not telling the person how bad smoking is for you though those didn't have all the chemicals that are present now. If you are having trouble reading, use reading glasses from the Dollar Store or somewhere like that they work just fine.
TheLordOfTheCats7 (1 month ago)
The potato and linseed oil was more than likely used as a barrier between the canvas and oil paints, as oil paints will rot a canvas over time without a barrier.
POV NW (2 months ago)
Boring 😴
MANNY~EmberDim (2 months ago)
WOW! I'm going to have to try some of these life hacks sometime! REALLY COOL! Thanks a lot, Luth! (i'm 2 days late to this vid! ToT)
Rusty Nail (2 months ago)
You come up with some of the best videos, great job. . Thanks .
LodiTX (2 months ago)
Too tedious to watch them all and not enough time given to read the copy in the tiny print; however, I did love the picture of the shoe and cork. At first I thought it was instructions on a unique way to roll a cigar. (No doubt to encourage cigarette smoking.)
DeAnte Darko (2 months ago)
Probably the coolest channel on youtube
Chris LeeWoo (2 months ago)
But what us sal-ammoniac and where do I get it? Please respond, I'm on fire.
Sadie Dove (2 months ago)
awesome! information is valuable ~
J Vatell (2 months ago)
A Great video! A lot of useful tips and solutions even for today at home. Thanks for sharing!
# Hashtag (2 months ago)
I accidentally left my laptop on the floor next to the toilet and my grandmother thought it was the bathroom scale! Bad news is she... Weighed $599.95
debbie coleman (2 months ago)
Some of these are really good! Written them down.
debbie coleman (2 months ago)
How to detect escaping gas - light a cigarette see if it explodes!
SsFinch with dolls (9 days ago)
debbie coleman OMG! Who would have thought! 😂😉
Sandy Hogan (2 months ago)
Print is to small to read
Zaun999Getsu (2 months ago)
I love your mind. Can't express in words how much your insight has helped improve my outlook on life. Haven't watched this video yet, I simply value everything you offer on your lovely channel.
Moses Campos (2 months ago)
Enjoy watching your videos. Keep them coming . Much love and respect.
🐉 (2 months ago)
Very cool, my dad taught me some of these tips as a kid 😊
Quan chi (2 months ago)
it's sad how remedies,medicines,and the knowledge is forgotten but we pay big pharma out the ass just to get cancer
Tiger Claw (2 months ago)
Thank you I like this video....You come up with some great videos, keep them coming.
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
I just Love 💕 All of your Videos,and that is hard work 😓 you are doing ! ! - funny 😁 how the cigarette companies did this knowing that even before they started to add all of the ingredients that made tobacco 1,000 times stronger and addictive than before,so it’s their way to make up for slowly killing people,thanks Tobacco Companies ! ! ! !
termeownator (2 months ago)
God bless Gallaher's Cigarettes...
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
parkerbohnn ! - That does it I’m going to whoop ass on both of them ! !
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
Wendy Lynch ! - also if that doesn’t work i will sneak into your house,and handcuff your feet,and Tickle you till you pee Lol 😂 how about them Apples 🍎 ? ?
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
Wendy Lynch ! - Or else I’ll punch myself in the face LOL 😂 Lollipop 🍭 ! !
Wendy Combe (2 months ago)
Dr. Demento ! Or else what lol 😂
No problem No problem (2 months ago)
Second to comment ! ! ! !
Nicole Cribb (2 months ago)
Yayyyyyyy! There's nothing better than sipping coffee while watching Luth Luther! Much love from South Carolina!!!💜💙💜💙💜💙💜💙💜
parkerbohnn (2 months ago)
Without a doubt Luth Luther has one of the best channels on youtube.
neverthesame (2 months ago)
hahah--I'm doing same. Except I'm sipping tea!

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