Here's some of the cool stuff they gave kids (and adults) back then.
|A bottle of Bayer's Heroin. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a "non-addictive" substitute for morphine - and highly recommended to cure a child's strong cough!|
|This paperweight was a friendly reminder that Boemringer und Soehne had the distinction of being the world's largest manufacturers of Quinine and cocaine products. A dubious honour today.|
|And for the asthmatic what could be better than 40% alcohol mixed with 3 grams of opium - is it any wonder their breathing became relaxed?|
|And no actor, singer or preacher would be caught without their box of throat lozenges. How could it no make them "speak the speech .... trippingly on the tongue".|
|And for your little one's aching tooth these drops promised "instant relief" and pretty much guaranteed a happy child. And you can forgiven if you read "druggies" rather than "druggists".|
|And finally for the colicky or teething baby Stickney and Poor's gentle mixture of 46% alcohol and 1 3/16 grams of opium would guarantee they would sleep through the night.|
And you ask why they were called "the Good Old Days"?????
Many thanks to Elaine for these insights into the "happy" if slightly stoned days of yore.
04 aprile - Sant'Isidoro di Siviglia