Included are a
Unique Group of 3
Paregoric Opium, Poison & Rx
Medicine Bottle Labels
They came from:
Mead & Chapin's Drug Store
in Morrisville, N.Y.
Included are a:
Rare Mead's Paregoric label
(Paregoric was an old-time synonym for Opium). Instructions show: "for a Child 2 days old = 2 drops (up to) Adults = 1 teaspoon full"
Cyanide Potassium - Poison label
With a classic skull & cross-bones emblem and antidote information reading: " Pour cold water over head and face use artificial respiration, Galvanic battery".
Red Cough Mixture label
With directions and instructions. (Opium is not shown as an ingredient, but it often was used in cough medicines.)
Most have their original adhesive gum on the back and some antique toning and aging. They measure from around 2.25 inches by 1.25 inches to 2.5 inches by 1 inch each. (Please see scans).
H.P. Mead's & Mead & Chapin's Drug Store was reportedly located on the second floor of a building just east of E. N. Dexter's Department Store and was reportedly the most noted store in the Morrisville, New York Village during the Civil War times. Research shows that it was knows as H.P. Mead's from the Civil War years until 1873 when H.E. Chapin joined as partner. It was then known as Read & Chapin's until Chapin retired in 1884.
Background on 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 quieting 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 both towns and in the 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".
The scans show an enlarged group picture - plus some close-up views. We mounted the labels shown in the scans so you could see all of the details. The labels you receive will not be mounted.