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 veryhappy!
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
It's no wonder they were called, 'The Good Old Days'!!
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