Good Morning Gentle Readers,
This ad appeared on TWC a couple of years ago and ultimately was deleted for some reason by Typepad (TWC's blog host) at the request of, well, we don't really know.
This advertisement is in the public domain and appears here as parody within an educational context under § 107 of the US Copyright Law.
This time we'll leave out the part where (tongue-in-cheek) we say: And now........a word from Bayer, proud sponsor of The Wine Commonsewer, which is also parody.
I mean, come on Boys. Did Bayer invent and market Heroin or not? Spare me the histrionics, this is like asking if Ford built the Edsel.
Much as Bayer might be uncomfortable with the past, this is both an interesting and accurate historical snapshot of a bygone era where millions suffered from a persistent cough that was often debilitating in ways unimaginable in our modern world. Heroin helped......except for that darker side.
For the record, Bayer stopped marketing Heroin as a cough suppressant in 1910 when it became apparent that there were serious problems inherent with the drug. Mind you, that was back in the old days before the government stepped in to protect you from your own choices and corporations existed solely to sacrifice humanity on the altar of profits.
Real life is ever so more colorful and nuanced than the stark black-and-white fed to school kids.
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