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Tips For Better Living . . . . From Almost One Hundred Years Ago

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I collect old magazines and some almanacs- it's not a huge collection but it's a nice sampler of life from the late 1800s through the late 1950s.  I am fascinated by how people lived in the recent past and how different their lives were, as compared to ours, in the absence of post-transistor technology.

The old Almanacs such as Poor Richard, Farm Almanac, and others are full of great tidbits of advice from those eras.  Here is a little bit of the advice and wisdom from nearly one hundred years ago.

From 1913 - Reading Eagle Almanac

Don't let flies crawl over the babies mouth and swarm upon the nipple of its nursing bottle.

To keep clothes from freezing to the line put a handful of salt into the last rinsing water.

It keeps the society doctors busy nowadays hunting up new diseases that the common people do not have

From 1918 - Poor Richard Almanac

Contracts made on Sunday cannot be enforced.

Salt and lemon juice will remove rust stains in white clothes if applied to those spots and the clothes placed in the sun.

Nosebleed - This may usually be arrested by putting a plug of lint into each nostril and cold applications to head and nape of neck.

Increase the number of birds and the bug question is settled.

The flag should never be worn as the whole or part of a costume.

From 1936 - Farm Almanac and Facts Book

Stings of venomous insects - Apply weak ammonia, oil, salt water, or iodine.

Common cornmeal, moistened with vinegar, makes an excellent cure for chapped hands.

A little of the old, used oil out of the crankcase of your car or truck is one of the best things you'll ever find to kill weeds.

In preparing the soil for a garden, do not hoe or spade when the soil is wet enough to stick to the implements.

erick99 posted Mar 28, 2012

Hey, erick!...those articles are about as old I am!:)

EzzyLovesToSave (rep: 420k) posted Mar 28, 2012


Nosebleed remedy, FTW!

shimisi (rep: 136k) posted Mar 28, 2012


in the past people were cavemen and hunted for their meat - now we touch a screen and food shows up 10 mins later at the door- you put this together nicely.

gangstabarbie (rep: 20.7k) posted Mar 28, 2012


Thanks for the nice comments and for the Thumbs Up! I love reading the old magazines and newspapers. When you read a big glossy magazine from the 40s there is really nothing in a living room but furniture and a radio. People are seated around the radio in the evenings. Men wore their suits through at least dinner. Kids are depicted as outside, playing. It was all so different.

erick99 (rep: 425k) posted Mar 28, 2012


This is my 35th article :) I haven't had any featured since the beginning of the month but I will keep writing them as I enjoy the process and especially the comments. I also hope that I am encouraging other folks to write articles as well. There is a lot of collective knowledge among our very large group and "Pages" is a great place to share it.

erick99 (rep: 425k) posted Mar 28, 2012