The Good old days

Have you ever wondered why our great  grandparents had such fond memories of their  youth?What they  did must’ve been okay because even the pope was  involved (see below). Nevertheless, I’m  surprised they remembered anything at all !!!Forget  Tums & Tylenol – Forget Aleve & Benedryl  -Just take a look at the cool stuff  they had  then!
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  suffering with a strong cough.

Coca Wine, anyone?
Metcalf’s 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.
Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing  Company of New York . It was suggested that you  should take a full glass with or after every  meal. Children should only take half a  glass.
A paperweight:
A paperweight 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:
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium  per tablet. It didn’t  cure you… but you didn’t care!

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 very happy!
Opium for newborns.
I’m sure this would make them sleep  well.  (not only the Opium, but also the  46% alcohol)
It’s no wonder they  called, “The  Good Old Days”.  

(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 02.09.2011)

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