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10 Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Actually Still Work

10 Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Actually Still Work

9 Vintage Life Hacks From The 1900s That Actually Still Work
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In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn’t long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series.

How to extract a splinter

How to extract a splinter
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“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.”

How to fell a tree

How to fell a tree
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“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.”

How to keep plants watered while away

How to keep plants watered while away
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“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.”

How to light a match in the wind

How to light a match in the wind
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“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.”

How to make a chair to cross a stream

How to make a chair to cross a stream
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“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 Kill a Tree Stump

How To Kill a Tree Stump

“If a tree stump is not removed from the ground, it often starts sprouting and strong undergrowth result. To prevent this holes should be bored in the top of the stump, and a patch of bark cut from the side and more holes bored there. A mixture of solignum and salt filled into theses holes will soak through the tree stump and kill it.

How to make a fire extinguisher

How to make a fire extinguisher
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“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.”

How to make a water filter

How to make a water filter
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“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.”

How to preserve eggs

How to preserve eggs
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“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.”

How to stop a mad dog

How to stop a mad dog
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“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.”

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