Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why Our Grandparents Were Happier.....

Bayer’s 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 cough.

Coca Wine

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 aVatican gold medal


Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should take half a glass.

A paper weight:

A paper weight promoting C..F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

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!!!!!)

Five Drops of opium for a 5 day old baby! No 3AM feeding for this mommy! Why this kind of thing didn't wipe out (pardon the phrasing) an entire generation - I have no idea! Pretty amazing stuff - hope you enjoyed it - your grandparents did! :-}

Have a Great Day!




Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Good grief. Amazing stuff there. It IS a wonder no one was wiped out..Literally. :}

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Cris: I thought this was pretty amazing myself - I'm glad someone else thinks so too - good to see you :-}

Norma said...

I'm 57, so not that old and we used paragoric for a fussy baby. All you had to do was sign for it. I had no idea what was in it, just that it had been used by my parents and grandparents. You didn't use it every day...and it didn't kill anyone.
The posts here that ask how a whole generation wasn't wiped out are from a more recent metality I guess. Drugs like these advertised were very common place and yes a FEW people got addicted but it wasn't a problem because you could go get more down at the local drug store. People are smarter than the DEA gives them credit for.


OregonArtGuy said...

Norma: Thank you for your comment! :-}

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