counter drugs from early 20th century!
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.
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 (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its 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 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 promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim ,
Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the
world of products containing quinine and cocaine.
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for
a maximum performance. Great to "smooth" the voice.
drops for toothache
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only they relieved the
pain, they made the children happy!
I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only
the Opium, but
And we worry about aspirin for children