As most know, 1906 was a year that drugs such as cocaine became somewhat controlled in the U.S. This from Wikipedia:
The Pure Food and Drug Act required that certain specified drugs, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, morphine, and cannabis, be accurately labeled with contents and dosage. Previously many drugs had been sold as patent medicines with secret ingredients or misleading labels. Cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and other such drugs continued to be legally available without prescription as long as they were labeled.
A friend told me that Sears did the dastardly deed of altering their catalog reprints, omitting ads for such drugs in order to maintain their pristine company image. I can't believe any reputable publisher would descend to such a deceptive level as to attempt to rewrite their own history.
Anyone out there with one of those catalogs that can confirm such currently controlled drugs for sale in catalogs like Sears or Monkey Wards?