19th century Bayer Heroin bottle

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4 Responses to 19th century Bayer Heroin bottle

  1. Man, they were pretty laid back in the old days…

  2. It says “Farbenfabriken” -> “Colour Factories”.
    And “Name Gesetzlich …” -> “Name … by law”.

    Now, if my German lessons had finally paid off…it’s by knowing that there were state-sanctioned coloured heroin factories in the olden days.

  3. “Name gesetzlich geschützt” means “name protected by law”, aka trademarked.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin says:
    From 1898 through to 1910 heroin was marketed as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough medicine for children. Bayer marketed heroin as a cure for morphine addiction before it was discovered that heroin is converted to morphine when metabolized in the liver, and as such, “heroin” was basically only a quicker acting form of morphine. The company was somewhat embarrassed by this new finding and it became a historical blunder for Bayer.

  4. That’s why they’re called the “good ol’ days”.




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