Cocaine and Opium Common In Early Quack Medicines

These fun bits came in as one of those email forward/forward/forwards, but love the old bottles and advertising - glad I didn't "auto-delete".


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.

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.

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... also 46% alcohol!

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