Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ah, the good old days

Why Our Great-Grandparents were Happy folks...

Bayers Heroin

A bottle of Bayer's heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong coughs.

Coca Wine, anyone? 

 Metcalf Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.

Mariani wine

 Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it's time. Pope Leo XIII  used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.

Opium for Asthma
 No comments.

Cocaine tablets (1900)
 All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them for a  maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice.

Cocaine drops for toothache
 Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children happy!

 Opium for new-borns

 I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46%  alcohol!)
* I think I remember this stuff from when I was a kid!  I'm sure my mother had some in the medicine cabinet

No wonder they were called The Good Old Days!!

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Boozy Tooth said...

I feel a cough coming on....

WeaselMomma said...

Thanks for the smiles. That is the good ole days & I wish I could still pick that stuff up at the pharmacy.

Eternal Lizdom said...

And don't forget the cocaine that used to be in Coca-Cola!

The Retired One said...

Dang it, I KNEW I was meant to live in another age.
But then I remember the CORSETS.
Maybe THAT is why all the drugs were get past the pain of the wardrobes you had to wear!

Matty said...

Yep, the good ole days. Long before the FDA existed.

Brian Miller said...

lol. maybe that explains why they had so many kids as well...

Mellodee said...

Yep, these little concoctions worked, just as they were advertised! Don't know why they were removed from the market! LOL!!!

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Wow, no wonder Tylenol never helps my pain. I need some Bayers Heroin!

オテモヤン said...


Heather said...

No wonder we all have a little addictive behavior, it's been in our bloodlines for generations! LOL!

Hubby is always whining for some morphine, I need to find him some Bayers Heroin!

Joanie said...

did you know that if you click on the word SEX on the Japanese comment above, you will go to a very graphic porn site? Who says you can't teach on old dog new tricks?

~Thought's By Dena~/ JDs Gift Shack said...

oh my!!!!

bernthis said...

wow, they really were the good old days.

Bill Lisleman said...

interesting post especially the endorsement of a Pope.

You can enjoy free Coca tea in Cusco Peru. I wrote about of it

I'm surprised you didn't just delete that spammer comment. I've gone a few and just delete them.

♥ Braja said...

Ha! Well done Joanie. Oh, and I think I have a toothache? :)))

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

This is so funny! I just came from a site discussing how kids today are so surrounded by sex and drugs, it's so tragic! We all commented how things were so much different when WE were in high school!

Then I come here, and am reminded that Grandma and Grandpa weren't so innocent after all! Thanks for the laugh, I needed that!

Have a great week!