I received this in an email.  Not sure who to give credit to.  I don't know the original author.

Over the counter drugs from early 20th century!

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 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

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 they relieved the pain, they made the children happy!

Opium for newborns

I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but

46% alcohol!)


And we worry about aspirin for children today???