Here, have some drugs

I pointed out last year something I thought was so blindingly obvious that it didn’t make any sense to keep up the charade. If anything, we should know by now that anything can be abused where it previously had some legitimate purpose.

And medical companies made good money pumping us full of this stuff.

bayer-heroin-ad

Bayer was one of the premier providers of today's poisons.

This bottle was from 1901

This bottle was from 1901

Let's cure that cough with Heroin!

Let's cure that cough with Heroin!

And CocaCola was an early supporter of cocain. In fact, the name of the company comes from this particular ingredient.

Relieves tension by removing your inhibitions

Relieves tension, by removing your inhibitions

Of course, the academic community also encouraged it. As this Scientific American article from 1906 shows

Of course, the academic community also encouraged it. As this Scientific American article from 1906

Of course, it wouldn’t be fair if we left cigarettes out of this. After all, doctors loved Camels.

I wonder if any of these doctors are still alive... Probably not.

I wonder if any of these doctors are still alive... Probably not.

Even our former persident, the late Ronald Reagan enjoyed Chesterfields. Incidently, the brand got some attention again for being used in the movie True Romance in a part called the “Sicilian scene”.

Ronald Regan loves a good smoke

Ronald Reagan loves a good smoke

And, of course, Santa loved Pall-Malls.

I imagine it gets a bit chilly up there.

I imagine it gets a bit chilly up there.

Or is it Lucky Strike?

Does St. Nick get tired of being dragged in to be the posterboy for competing products?

Does St. Nick get tired of being dragged in to be the posterboy for competing products?

8 thoughts on “Here, have some drugs

  1. Lovely,

    I have a fun collection of these types of ads. I can’t wait to see how future generations view ours. My guess? With the same jaundiced eye.

    • I think so too.

      Although the cigarette ads in particular are a testament to good old fashioned corporate propaganda, I can’t even imagine how the future will view ED commercials and “Reality TV”. And I’m not sure I want to either, lest I should die of embarrassment.

  2. Wow. thanks for the share. A smoker Santa Claus in their ads ? Those were the days. But at least we passed those years and made aware to the new generation the effect of smoking. I grew up thinking of how cool smoking was. Hey, everybody was smoking…even Santa Claus.

    • That’s the thing…
      A lot of these cigarette commercials are specifically targeted at children. They like to hook them in when they’re young.

      For earlier generations, the awareness came too late, I’m afraid.

  3. DUDE. Problem solved by heroin! I really love that. Even better than the smoking Santa. We are still there in case anyone is wondering. And, future generations looking at our ads? The way things are going….well. Don’t get me started. They probably won’t know how to read properly spelled words, and perhaps all this current stuff will make total sense to them in the future as it does not to me now. But in any event I am betting they WILL be loaded. And not, by the by, from, er, funny cigarettes.

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