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Ahh... the Good Old Days!!  

Posted by Shirley Twofeathers in , ,

Here's a selection of Instantaneous Invigorators & Cures of the 1900's. Those were the good old days when heroin and cocaine was sold over the counter for whatever ails you. Don't believe me? Check this out!!

Bayer Heroin
It's a Bottle of Bayer's heroin!! Wow! Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive (???) substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with a strong cough.

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

Maltine
Maltine with your Coca? Produced by Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York. It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal, but children should take half a glass.

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.

Asthma Treatment
Opium for Asthma. It was considered safe since it contained no more than 40% alcohol!

Cocaine Tablets
Cocaine Tablets! All stage actors, singers teachers and preachers had to have them in the 1900's for a maximum performance. Great to “smooth” the voice.

Toothache Drops
Cocaine Toothache Drops. Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children happy...

Opium for Newborns
Opium for Newborns! This would make them sleep well, and was great for soothing a teething baby. Opium with 46% alcohol - Really? No wonder they were called The Good Old Days!

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Awesome pictures..
They all are like
vintage collections..
Thanks a lot for posting them.
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