Sometimes the "good old days" weren't quite as simple and nostalgic as you might think. Coca-Cola got its
name because it contained, originally at least, a very small percentage of cocaine. Cocaine was something of a wonder drug in the late 1800's, and the idea that it could be used as a local anesthesia for surgeries got the medical and drug profession very
excited. Below is an example of either a label of a product or an actual advertisement that ran in New York
in 1885. You won't find it on the shelves of your local Walgreen's any more.