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Why Our Great Grandparents Were So Happy!


Have you ever wondered why our great grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth? Well, I'm surprised they remembered anything at all! Forget Tums and paracetamol. Look at the stuff they had easy access to back then!


Heroin


For twenty years, 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!


Cocaine Coca wine, anyone?


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.


A bottle of Bayer's Heroin.


Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of its time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry a bottle with him all the time, and he even awarded a Vatican gold medal to the wine’s producer, Angelo Mariani.


Maltine was produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York. It was suggested that adults should take a full glass with or after every meal, but children should only take half a glass!


Many stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers used cocaine tablets to give them a maximum performance. They were said to be great to “smooth” the voice.


And cocaine drops for toothache were very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!


Cocaine Tablets (1900).


Cocaine drops for toothache.


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