01 March 2010


Why Our Great-Grandparents Have Such Fond Memories Of Their Youth...'

(I'm surprised that they remember anything!!) 

In the late 1800's certain new substances were discovered and were used in medicines.  They became very popular.  Lets have a look at what our great grand-parents were using to treat all sorts of general ailments. 

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 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.

Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of NewYork.
It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal.
Children should only take half a glass.

Opium for Asthma:
It didn't cure you, but you didn't care...

Cocaine Losenges (1900).

All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance.  It says on the bottle that these losenges are very effective on tired vocal cords.  Every teacher should get a box at the beginning of the year (including me)!
Great to 'smooth' the voice....

Cocaine drops for toothache.
Very popular for children in 1885.
Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!
Opium for new-borns.
I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but also 46% alcohol)!
There was also Mrs. Winslow's syrup containing 65 mg of morphine
per ounce.  It was used to quiet restless babies and helped mothers
to relax!

It's no wonder they were called, 'The Good Old Days'!!
From cradle to grave...
Everyone Was Stoned!!!
Not available on eBay! 


  1. Go figure! I bet these blurred the memory of the past quite a bit ;-)

  2. Isn't that amazing! No wonder we have this huge drug problem in the US! LOL! I'm just joking.

    But in all seriousness what about the DDT campaigns where they sprayed people with this terrible poison to proof that it is harmless and in actuality it caused cancers and birth defects.

    People should be more diligent in what they eat and what they use every day. We should never assume someone else has our back!

  3. Hi Salty, It was quite a shock for me too! Imagine giving morphine to babies!

    Hi Ht, I think that the huge drug problem is all over the world. Its really bad in Africa, South America and as well here in Canada. You are right about being diligent. It pays to be concerned especially when we are mothers.