Why Our Great-Grandparents were Happier Than We Are…

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 strong cough

Coca Wine, anyone?


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.

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.



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

A 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.

Opium for Asthma:


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Cocaine tablets (1900)

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

Cocaine drops for toothache


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

Opium for the new-born


I’m sure this would make them sleep well

(not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!)
No wonder they were called The Good Old Days!!


2 thoughts on “Why Our Great-Grandparents were Happier Than We Are…

  1. Quite astounding isn’t it? But, then drugs have been with us for thousands of years so it’s not really a huge surprise, we’ve been smoking, snorting, quaffing, chewing, and rubbing in potent natural products for millennia all with the aim of medicating our lives in one way or another. Given that other apes self-medicate with physiologically active plant species it’s likely that our prehistoric ancestors did the same.


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