Survival pointers and hacks have actually been around for centuries, and, for the most part, are simple pieces of info handed downed through generations.
We show you among its most fantastic archives a list of innovative life hacks that have actually made it through from the 1900s.
These life pointers were printed on “cigarette cards,” which were discovered inside cigarette packs. Consumers might gather and trade these distinct and fascinating little cards and now, they’ve been digitized for our pleasure.
1. How To Remove A Tight Ring
“To remove a tight ring from the finger without pain or trouble, the finger should be first well-lathered with soap.
“It will then be found that, unless the joints are swollen, the ring can easily be taken off.
“If, however, the finger and joints are much swollen, a visit to the jeweller is advisable.”
2. How To Pick Up Broken Glass
“To pick up broken glass quickly and cleanly, a soft damp cloth will be found to be most effective, for it takes up all the small splinters.
“The best plan is to use an old piece of rag that can be thrown away with the glass.”
3. How To Preserve Valuable Vases
“If the following precaution is taken, the danger of knocking over a valuable vase will not be so great.
“Partly fill the vase with sand, which, acting as a weight, keeps it upright and firm on its base.
“This idea is particularly useful in the case of vases which are inclined to be top-heavy, owing to their having small bases.”
4. How To Extract A Splinter
“A splinter embedded in the hand is often very painful to extract.
“A good way to accomplish this is to 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.”
5. How To Keep A Paint Brush Handle Clean
“To do away with the annoyance of a wet and sticky brush handle, which is so unpleasant to the amateur painter, get a piece of card or tin and make a hole in it through which the handle can be forced, as shown in the picture.
“This prevents the paint from running down.”
6. How To Detect Dampness In Beds
“In order to detect dampness in a strange bed and so be warned of the danger, a small hand mirror should be slipped between the sheets and left for a few minutes.
“Any mistiness or blurred appearance of the mirror’s surface when withdrawn is an indication of dampness, and the bed should not be slept in.”
7. How To Cool Wine Without Ice
“If no ice is available for cooling wine, a good method is to wrap the bottle in flannel and place it in a crock beneath the cold water tap.
“Allow the water to run over it, as shown in the picture, and in about 10 minutes the wine will be thoroughly cool and ready for the table.”
8. How To Cut New Bread Into Thin Slices
“The difficulty of cutting new bread into thin slices can readily be overcome by the following expedient.
“Plunge the bread knife into hot water and when thoroughly hot wipe quickly.
“It will be found that the heated knife will cut soft, yielding new bread into the thinnest slices.”
“New boots are sometimes very difficult to polish.
“A successful method is to rub the boots over with half a lemon, allow them to dry, after which they will easily polish, although occasionally it may be found necessary to repeat the application of the lemon juice.”