Old Luden’s Cough Drop Advertisement

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, October 5, 1913:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Am now the possessor of a troublesome cold.

Source: The Etude (March, 1914)

Source: The Etude (March, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma, get well soon!  Colds aren’t any fun. All the corn husking that you’ve been doing on cold, damp days probably made you more susceptible to the germs.

Do you have a sore throat? Cough drops might help.

37 Responses

  1. Thanks, brings back good memories of Luden’s Cherry cough drops.

  2. “a troublesome cold” Can you imagine an eighteen year old saying that today? Not many would go to Sunday School today either!

    I think your grandmother and mine would have got along well :)

  3. Good old Luden’s–do they even make those anymore? I also remember Sucret’s cough drops . . . .

    • The Luden’s Company still has a website.


      I also remember Sucret’s and how they were individually wrapped in a little tin box. And, I remember Parke-Davis Throat Discs with its licorice flavor and the cardboard box that slid open.

  4. Luden’s was the ONLY brand of cough drops in our house! (Oh, and I agree with Sharon on both points.)

  5. We used to have Luden’s Wild Cherry coughdrops and for stronger coughs there were Vics cough drops. Not near as good tasting!

  6. Ludens have been around forever it seems!

  7. “Am now the possessor of a troublesome cold”… I do delight in your use of language Miss Muffly. Get well soon…

  8. found in confectionary stores too! $0.05! I wish we could have 1913 prices everywhere for just one month!

  9. I remember Ludens so clearly I can taste them.

  10. It seems like those were good. I don’t remember if they worked, but they had a nice flavor.

  11. I love the promises of “pleasing dependable voice” in the advertisement!

  12. When I first read the entry, it sounded like she got a cold from going to sunday school! haha! maybe someone there was sick. :)

  13. When I was a kid I used to eat Luden’s Wild Cherry Cough Drops like candy. I can still taste them! They were so good but probably did nothing for a cough or cold except make you salivate! LOL

  14. If only a cough drop (taken early enough) could cure a cold! :)

  15. I’m sold! I want that pleasing, dependable voice!

  16. we don;t have this brand here. the cherry flavoured ones would coat our tongues red :D

  17. No, I didn’t have a sore throat this past week but am recovering from a nasty virus. This is definitely the time of year these things start. I think you’re right that the hard physical exertion your Grandmother underwent with the farm work lowered her resistance.

  18. Mmm, those cherry cough drops. We’d eat them like candy.

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