Archive | March 1, 2018


Have you ever wondered why our great grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth?
Well… you’d be surprised they remembered anything at all !!!
Forget Tums & Tylenol.  Forget Aleve & Benedryl.
Look at the cool stuff they had back then!



A bottle of Bayer’s  ‘Heroin’. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine.
It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.

Coca Wine, anyone? 


Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a  huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal  treatment.Mariani Wine.


Mariani wine (1875) was the most  famous Coca wine of it’s time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.Maltine.

part4.020805024Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York . It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.A paperweight:


A paperweight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne ( Mannheim , Germany ). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.
Opium for  Asthma:

part6.020705076At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet. It didn’t cure you… but you didn’t care!

caine Tablets  (1900).

All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.Cocaine drops for toothache.

part8.000507028Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!Opium for newborns.

I’m sure this would make them sleep well.
(not only the Opium, but also the 46% alcohol)
It’s no wonder they were called,
“The Good Old Days”.
From cradle to grave…everyone was STONED!

THE SPHINX…Musical Selection Reflections

My Dear Readers,

I promised I would supply some Musical Selection Reflections  from Lois Lion, the inimitable  author of  The Sphinx…… on the first day of each month. The Sphinx is published every day on Tolley’s Topics.  The following selections are Lois Lion’s picks from March 2013.


Lois Lion has asked that you keep the volume down, because…as you know, cats need frequent and extended naps.


Sheila Tolley




The Editor:   Are these things older than Ruth Bader Ginsberg, LL ?

Tiger Cat:   They sure are, older than her and Dianne Feinstein combined.

Here is an old story whose time has arrived.

This is a  spoof that was in The National Lampoon Magazine.



I dreamed that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.” I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged
for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed.
“How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked.”

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings? “I asked.

“Simple,” the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”

“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.

“If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness.. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.”

“If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation… You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.”

“If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.”

“If your parents are still alive and still married…. you are very rare.”

“If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair…….”

“Ok,” I said. “What now? How can I start?”

The Angel said, “If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.”

Have a good day,count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are……….

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