Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Would You Like Some Heroin For Your Cough?

Patent medicines reached peak popularity at the turn of the 20th century and were sold as cures for anything from a toothache to a full-blown cold. They were not patented but they would certainly mask symptoms because these "medicines"contained opium, morphine, and alcohol. Despite the name there was no regulation of these compounds and manufacturers intentionally suppressed the true ingredients of their remedies. The ads were aimed at wooing new customers.

Much more: Atlas Obscura


Anonymous said...

I was curious as to what the Catville Slide was all about. Turns out that this is a trade card for Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil.Contains "Spirits of Turpentine, Camphor, Oil of Tar, Red Thyme and Fish Oil specially processed." So, not as much fun as some of the other medicines. More here: http://dumpdiggers.blogspot.ca/2007/12/canadas-least-valuable-patent-medicine.html

The Nag said...

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