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 thoughts on “Old Luden’s Cough Drop Advertisement

  1. “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 🙂

    1. 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.

    1. It seems like there once was a fine line distinguishing candy from cough drops. . . though even today, if I have a sore throat, I might use a butterscotch candy or Wether’s if I don’t have any cough drops.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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