The Good Old Days


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DRUGS: Why our great grandparents were happier than we are…

HAVE you ever heard of the Great Binge? This was a period prior to WW I where drugs were in huge supply. Not only that, but they were completely legal. Soldiers could order a drug pack for their boys on the front, which contained heroine, cocaine, needles and just about any drug that is now considered as naughty.

Below are some genuine products that were available around the same period. Cocaine tablets, Opium for asthma and Bayer‘s Heroin were all too common, which possibly explains why it was called “the good old days”. Check em out:

Great Binge Drugs: Bayer’s Heroin

 Bayers Heroin

Bayers Heroin

 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 with a strong cough.

Coca Wine, anyone?

 Coca Wine

Coca Wine

Metcalf 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.

Great Binge Drugs: Mariani wine

 Mariani wine

Mariani wine

 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.

Great Binge Drugs: Maltine

 Maltine

Maltine

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

A questionable paper weight

 paper weight

paper weight

 A paper weight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

Great Binge Drugs: Opium for Asthma

 Opium for Asthma

Opium for Asthma

 No comment.

Great Binge Drugs: Cocaine tablets (1900)

 Cocaine tablets

Cocaine tablets

 All stage actors, singers, teachers, and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to “smooth” the voice.

Great Binge Drugs: Cocaine drops for toothache

 

Cocaine drops for toothache

Cocaine drops

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

Great Binge Drugs: Opium for new-borns

 

Opium for new-borns

Opium for new-borns

I’m sure this would make them sleep well (not only Opium, but 46% alcohol).

No wonder they were called The Good Old Days!

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