How to Do It: Practical Advice from the Early 20th Century

How to Do It

You might still make use of some of the time-proven wisdoms today.
In 1910, one of the manufacturers, Gallaher Ltd Belfast & London, tried to make their products more popular by printing practical everyday advice on the cards. You might still make use of some of the time-proven wisdoms today.

The life hacks of 100 years ago

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How to Build an Earthbag Dome For $300 ( Earthbag Homes Are Affordable, Sustainable, and Beautiful Natural Structures)

Earthbag

With this novel technique you can make an earthbag building to serve as a studio, garden shed, chicken coop, or root/storm cellar — no permit required!

One of the most practical structures on a small farmstead is a multipurpose building that can serve as a storage shed or cool pantry above ground, or as a root cellar or storm shelter below ground. [Read more…]

Many Simple Ideas To Do Yourself Root Cellar !

Root Cellar

The biggest challenge, at least for me, with gardening is preserving the harvest. It makes me sick to think of the amount of food I have let go to waste through not having these skills. Root cellaring is something I am looking at hard as it is a no impact way to store food. It uses the earth to maintain the freshness of the crops stored within. [Read more…]

40 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago “How to do it”

Hacks

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. [Read more…]

Make Your Own Healing Ointment

Ointment

Ointments work great on cuts, abrasions, wounds and other forms of skin irritation. You can easily make your own salve with a few basic ingredients and ensure that you have supplies on hand during a SHTF situation when pharmacies may be closed.   All you need is some olive oil and calendula along with natural beeswax to provide a stable, antiseptic mixture that is safe for the whole family. However, you can also add a variety of other herbals that have known healing properties to the mix as well. [Read more…]

How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way in The Wild(All it Takes is Charcoal, Sulfur, And Potassium nitrate)

Gunpowder

In a survival situation, primitive tools will get you by but for maximum survivability, you need mechanical weapons and explosives – and nothing beats the time-tested combustive mixture – gunpowder. Gunpowder is the earliest known chemical explosive. It burns fast (flash fast) and if placed inside a sealed container or shell, will create a quick burst of explosive energy.  The uses for gunpowder vary widely.  Gunpowder can be used to create bullets (or reload used bullets), explosive devices, rescue signals (e.g. fireworks), ignition trails, and more. [Read more…]

HOW TO BUILD A BUNKER: SURVIVALIST GUIDE TO BUILDING AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER

 bunker

Building a bunker could be a great choice as there are at least dozen SHTF scenarios where your life can be saved by having an underground bunker to hide and spend some time in. So, the idea of making a bunker is great for every survivalist enthusiast and a definite must have for every experienced survivalist. You will come to know that building a bunker isn’t as easy as it might sound, but after you are all settled and everything is done, you will be at peace knowing that no matter what happens, you and your family will be safe. [Read more…]

HOW TO DIG A WELL: GETTING WATER FOR YOUR FAMILY

WATER

If your home is connected to a traditional water supply, such as city pipes, you’re dependent on the rest of civilization for your water. If the system starts to break down or if someone breaks the connection to your water supply you’re lost. You have nothing for your family. But if you know how to dig a well you’ll be able to keep your family well-supplied with water throughout anything. [Read more…]