Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Banned Now, The Rage Then!

I've discovered this is factual. Now that I've seen a few of these bottles myself I'm sure they were popular. What a novel way to cure pain, create a need for your product & make your customers happy. It makes me suspicious as to what in our products TODAY that they'll be chuckling about in 100 years.  
This was sent to me by a relative. I've seen it before. It gets sent around every once in a while.

A bottle of Bayer's  'Heroin'.  

Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as
 a non-addictive substitutefor morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.


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 (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 promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

An Asthma treatment: 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.  

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)


1 comment:

  1. Opium for newborns! Wow, amazing, funny, and totally creepy all at the same time.