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2 Old ~ LAUDANUM POISON OPIUM ~ Antique Drugstore Narcotic Medicine Bottle Label
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Item specifics

Original/Reproduction: Original Original+or+Reproduction: Original
Material: Paper Product Type: Pharmacy
Country: USA Type of Instrument: Medical
Type of Liquor: Laudanum Labels: Labels
Original or Reproduction: Original Opium: Narcotics
Age: Antique



2 Old ~ LAUDANUM POISON OPIUM ~ Antique Drugstore Narcotic Medicine Bottle Label

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(Guaranteed to be Old and Authentic)
Included are 2 Antique
Medicine Bottle Labels. 
Laudanum (Opium) Poison label. 
And a  Poison with a Laudanum antidote label.
The first label is a: 
Laudanum (Opium) Poison label
with  OPIUM 45.6 grs. to oz. ALCOHOL 48 %.
It came from:  A.J. SMETANA, Ph.G., Pharmacy
at 319 Dickson St.,
in Homestead, Pennsylvania.
The Laudanum label reads:
Antidote: Strong coffee without milk or sugar: after which give a tablespoon full of mustard mixed in warm water, or grease in warm water.  Tickle throat with a feather Keep body in motion by walking about.
And a  "Group 3" Poison label
with a  Laudanum (Opium) antidote
It came from:  Mc Adams & Morford
 Wholesale Druggists
in Lexington, Kentucky.
     The Group 3 Poison label reads:
      Antidote:  Give white of raw eggs, or flour mixed with water.   Promote vomiting with warm water containing baking soda, or cause it with a tablespoonful of mustard (stirred to a cream with water).   Give strong tea or coffee, stimulants, if needed, laudanum 20 drops, if much pain; demulcent drinks of flaxseed or slippery elm. 
     The Laudanum label measures approx. 2.25 inches by 1.25 inches and does not have adhesive gum on the back.  The Group 3 Poison label measures approx. 2.25 inches by 1.5 inches and does have adhesvie gum on the back.  They both have some paper, print and / or edge faults with various degrees of antique aging and toning.  The scans show each label on its own scan, plus both labels on 1 scan.
     We mounted the labels shown in the scans so you could see all of the details.  The labels you receive will not be mounted.We mounted the labels shown in the scans so you could see all of the details.  The labels you receive will not be mounted.  Considering their age, they are in great condition.
Background on Laudanum and Opiates:
     While experimenting with Opium in the 16th Century, Paracelsus coined the term  Laudanum from the Latin word "laudare" meaning to praise  and from the word "labdanum", meaning a plant extract.  Laudanum was widely used from the 16th Century to the 19th Century by both Adults and Children and was found in many Patent Medicines.  It was commonly used for colds, meningitis, yellow fever, pain, sleep, irritation, check secretions, and to produce the general feeling of "well being."  It was frequently sold "over the counter" and in "medicine shows" and it was commonly found in the medicine chests of many "proper" Victorian families
     Medical officials in the late 1800s were convinced that one of the major causes of infant mortality was the widespread practice of giving children narcotics (especially opium) to quiet them.   An ounce of Opium cost about the same as a pint of beer and its sale was totally unregulated until the early 1900s.  The use of opium was widespread in small towns and in large cities and among all classes of citizens.  According to some accounts, five out of six working-class families in one town used it habitually.   It has been reported that Opium killed far more infants through starvation than from overdose.  While they were in a state of being "stoned" the children had little desire for food, and proper nourishment.   That is why Opium has been referred to as the great baby killer.
     Laudanum was later branded and sold under such names as: Paregoric,  Opii, Opium,  Godfrey's Cordial, Steedman's Powder, Atkinson's Royal Infants Preservative, Poppy Tea, Camphorated Tincture of Opium,  Brown Mixture,  etc.   One fluid ounce of American Laudanum was made with one tenth ounce of powdered Opium and equal parts of Alcohol and Water.  One fluid ounce of English Laudanum had 10 grains less of Opium. 
     A quick background on how Alcohol, Drugs & Narcotics became illegal.    Prohibition, Opium, Cocaine, Marijuana, and the laws that apply to them and other drugs, can be found on programs such as the History & Discovery Channels Special Series: "HOOKED".  And specific programs such as "HOOKED - Cocaine - & The Third Scourge".
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