Friday, December 3, 2010

WHY OUR GRANDPARENTS WERE HAPPY

A friend of ours sent me this after I did a blog about marijuana. (He lives in California, one of the fourteen states that allows 'weed' to be purchased at pharmacies with a prescription.)


BAYERS 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.




METACAF'S COCA WINE
It 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 also worked as a medicinal treatment.




MARIANI WINE (1875)
It 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.




MALTINE
Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York.
The label suggested that you should take a full glass with, or after, every meal.
Children should only take half a glass.




OPIUM FOR ASTHMA
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet,
it didn't cure you, but you didn't care.




COCAINE TOOTHACHE DROPS
Very popular for children in 1885.
Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!




COCAINE TABLETS (1900)
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers
had to have them for a maximum performance.
Great to smooth the voice.




PAREGORIC
(Opium for newborns, plus 46% alcohol.)
It made them sleep well.


It's no wonder they were called, 'The Good Old Days'!!
From cradle to grave...
Everyone Was Stoned!!!

3 comments:

Linda Phillips said...

Hysterical!

linda h said...

that's funny, em! too bad it skipped my mom's generation. she might have enjoyed it! my grandmother could have used those things to make her life a bit pleasant.
love to see different sides of life.

Kevin Daly said...

It's amazing to me how much we've changed in just a century or so. In some ways just ten years (I forget: are eggs good or bad for us this year?)

I wonder if one hundred years from now if things like oxycontin or percocet will carry the same stigmas and illegalities as cocaine or heroin do now...

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