Goggomobil TL 400 Transporter Pickup, 1956. Goggomobil was the microcar subsidiary of Hans Glas GmbH. Their TL model was derived from the T-series sedan and was developed at the request of the German post office who required a small utility vehicle for local deliveries. It was available as an enclosed van with double back doors or as a pickup. Powered by a rear-mounted 400cc twin cylinder 2-stroke engine, production continued until 1969 with the Deutsche Post purchasing over 2000 of the 3,667 TL models that left the Dingolfing factory. BMW purchased Glas GmbH in 1966 and though some Glas models were rebadged as BMWs the entire Goggomobil range was discontinued and not replaced in 1969. The Dingolfing factory is now home to BMW's largest production facility which produces around 270,000 cars (BMW 5, 7, 8 series and also the M5) each year.
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Mariani Wine is Bordeaux wine with... COCAINE in it.
Created by Angelo Mariani in the 1860s, it had 7 mgs of cocaine per ounce. The Pope was so fond of it that he not only gave Mariani a Vatican gold medal he also went around with a hipflask full of the stuff. (as did his successer)
It was endorsed by various celebrities, actresses and other famous people.
So what did concerned mothers and sweethearts the world over do? They started mailing it to their men in the trenches. After all, it was supposed to give you strength, energy, health. Athletes said it boosted their performance. Thomas Edison himself said he used it to stay awake.
As you can see in the above ad, it was said to increase recovery from Influenza (which it may have actually done but that isn’t the point) and at the time Spanish Influenza was a truly terrifying menace.
Who at home didn’t want to ‘do their bit’? Previously, some families had sent syringes to their soldiers but it was far easier to have a drink than to try to shoot up before going over the top or while injured on a battlefield.
Aid dogs were sent out after battles to find wounded men who couldn’t move and bring stretcher bearers to them. In the case that the wounded man couldn’t be reached for whatever reason, the dog had medical supplies and was also trained to stay and be a comfort in a dying soldier’s last moments. The supplies included things like a tourniquet and bandages but also syringes of morphine and cocaine. The theory was that the painkiller and energy boost might give the man the strength to crawl to safety or at least stop himself from bleeding to death.
A small bottle of Vin Mariani included, however, assuming the soldier was capable of drinking, meant no messing about with needles, which isn’t necessarily an easy thing to teach yourself when your leg’s been blown off.
Anyway, apparently this has been a post about how a lot of Great War soldiers went into battle completely blasted on cocaine.
(Fun fact: when Prohibition started, Vin Mariani could no longer be sold in the States as a beverage, so the alcohol was removed, caffeine was added from the African Kola nut and ta-dah! Americans were back to drinking their beloved Mariani, now called Coca-Cola.)
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