Back in the day, companies didn”t know that much about the ingredients they were putting in their products (or they didn”t care). For instance, you could buy original 7-Up with so much lemon-lime goodness packed inside every bottle… plus, some good ole lithium! Lithium is a toxic substance that can be used to treat bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. (Oops.) These advertisements were for real products you could buy. Some of these are pretty shocking, knowing what we know today.
1.) 7Up… but with lithium.
6.) Cocaine toothache drops
7.) Compazine prochlorperazine
12.) Quaalude methaqualone
13.) Ritalin methylphenidate
14.) Stelazine trifluoroperazine
15.) Distaval thalidomide
16.) riavil perphenazine and amitriptyline
That”s right. Have a toothache? Try some cocaine. What about some heroin? After reading all of these advertisements I have come to one conclusion: the past sure was frightening in some ways. Do you remember seeing any ads like this?