19 Feb 2011

SATURDAY FUN - Did you know ?

Everything we know is bad today was good for our great or great great grandmas and pas

Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup
Contained 65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce. "For children teething."

From 1898 through to 1910, heroin was marketed as a cough suppressant by trusted companies like Bayer -- alongside the company's other new product, Aspirin.

Lloyd Cocaine Toothache Drops
In the US, cocaine was sold over the counter until 1914 and was commonly found in products like toothache drops, dandruff remedies and medicinal tonics.

Metcalf's Coca Wine
Coca wine combined wine with cocaine, producing a compound now known as cocaethylene, which, when ingested, is nearly as powerful a stimulant as cocaine.

Dr. Batty's Asthma Cigarettes
Cigarettes with unknown contents claimed to provide temporary relief of everything from asthma to colds, canker sores and bad breath. "Not recommended for children under 6."

And now we are going back to organic things .... do you believe we will also take these medication again ? (He, He )


Linens and Royals said...

A trip to the dentist? or cocaine?
I think I'll have the cocaine please.

Gledwood said...

Have you got a spare 10-kilo pot of that heroin hydrochloride hanging about. I'll pay £20 for it!

Trotter said...

Hi Gattina! That's why is always hard to judge past with nowadays eyes... imagine what will be said of our behaviour one hundre years from now... ;)

Keen on modern art? Blogtrotter Two has it... Enjoy and have a great weekend. Hopefully sunny!!

Maribeth said...

Amazing. You know about 30 years ago I needed surgery on my nose and they put pads of clinical cocaine up my nose before because it reduced bleeding!

A Lady's Life said...

Ya those were the good ol days lol

claudie said...

Very interesting!!! I didn't hear about this old medecin!!!!
Je pense que j'ai tout acheté contre le froid maintenant!!!
J'ai aussi acheté une fontaine buvette pour les chats et une mangeoire ainsi mon beau frère pourra surveiller le niveau mais ne sera pas obligé de remplir leur gamelle tous les jours!!!
Demain on amène Mélissa à Aix avec la belle opel corsa!!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Fascinating, Gattina. These old advertisements remind me of an old record of my dad's - a song about a tonic called "Hadacol" (obviously containing alcohol).
It went:
"Hadacol, Hadacol,
everybody loves that Hadacol,
makes you strong, makes you tall,
everybody loves that Hadacol."
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Mara said...

My parents used alcohol once to soothe my sister who suffered from earache. Turned out she had a full blown ear infection! But the alcohol kept her quiet for a while.

She's fine now!

forgetmenot said...

I love all the old ads. I got an email that contained some from back in the 50's and 60's----they were hilarious. It's hard to believe we "ate, drank,smoked" all those things and lived to tell about it. Mickie