This email came recently; titled "why our great-grandparents were happier than we are." I'm not so sure they were happier, but they were certainly drunker and more doped-up! Look at the array of products featuring heroin and cocaine. Click to enlarge.
Bayer's Heroin. Between 1890 and 1910, heroin was sold as a non-addictive (huh?) substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong coughs. Yikes!
Maltine was suggested as an accompaniment to a meal; full glasses for adults and half-glasses for children.
Coca wine, anyone? Metcalf's coca wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market.
A paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer and Soehne (Mannheim, Germany). They were proud of being the largest producer of products containing quinine and cocaine in the world.
Mariani wine was the most famous Coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII supposedly carried one with him at all times. He gave the producer (Mariani) a Vatican Gold Medal.
My pediatrician 44 years ago had me using paregoric for my son's colic. Little did I know then what it was.
I've mixed up the photos with the commentary, but here is the rest of it:
Opium for Asthma.
Cocaine tablets (1900)
All actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for maximum performance! Said to be "great to soothe the voice".
Cocaine drops for toothache. Very popular for children.
Opium for newborns. It would make them sleep well; not only the opium, but the 46% alcohol!