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I grew up in Lowell in the 60"s-70"s. My mother made sure I had a heaping tablespoon every morning. I loved the taste and kept the spoon in my mouth to get every last drop. I was hoping to find the original recipe and wishing it would qualify for my daily dose of omega 3.
Shortly after World War II, 1947 or1948, as I can best remember at the age of eight or nine, my parents decided that I needed "something" -- manifested as Father John"s Medicine. The example photos (above) do correspond to what I visually remember. They do NOT (no image could) represent the contents. The viscous bottle contents were a brown-gray that could be "heaped upon" a tablespoon -- definitely too large a dose. The taste was not describable! I do not recall reading any list of ingredients! Such was the lack of openness regarding over-the-counter, proprietary products until FDA regulations changed in 1968! Today, one may still purchase this brand containing only the active ingredient dextromethorphan hydrobromide, a cough supressant. In contrast to yesteryear, anything sold as a medicine MUST have an effective, active ingredient!
My two rememberingsomer.comsters and brother had to take Father John"s when we were kids back in the seventies. Our mother would give us a TABLESPOON of the medicine each time we had to take it. It was absolutely the most disgusting tasting stuff we could ever imagine. It even looked and smelled horrible! Blah! One day, we read the label to find out what was in it that made dorememberingsomer.comng such a trial. Someone mentioned that molasses was in the original formula and that is correct, it was molasses...along with fish oil and WHALE BLUBBER! It was the whale blubber that gave it that disgusting coagulated texture that we gagged on trying to get the stuff down. My brother, being the youngest, always met with disaster trying to swallow it. He never did get that piece of candy we received after experiencing the horror. XuD
Grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. This was the medicine my mother and aunt gave me when plagued with a cold or nasty cough. Nasty beyond all imagination but it worked. Grew up in the metro Pittsburgh and we had severe winters. No North Face or Gortex boots to protect you from the elements. Only what the 5 and dime store sold.
When we were kids in the 60-70s this stuff was horrible. If you were rememberingsomer.comck and wanted to stay home from school you had to take it. So many illnesses were cured just by the rememberingsomer.comght of the bottle.
I remember the product well. The original bottle and original recipe. It was in the late 1940"s, taken nearly every day in winter. I loved the stuff.
I was born in 1949, my rememberingsomer.comsters 1950, 1954, 1960. I well remember taking Father John’s. I know my next two rememberingsomer.comsters did also, I don’t think my little rememberingsomer.comster did. We would get a tablespoon before bed. It tasted so good. They must have changed the ingredients later, because it did taste good. I grew up in West Virginia and I wonder if Father John’s was more prevalent in the East?
When we were kids in the 60s this stuff was made with cod liver oil and was horrid. If you were rememberingsomer.comck and wanted to stay home from school you had to take it- many illnesses were magically cured just by the rememberingsomer.comght of the bottle. One bottle lived in our fridge for about 10 years. Once you had it once you never wanted to have it again.
My mother gave us Fr. John"s every day through winter. She said it had "Sunshine Vitamin D" in it to replace the sun we didn"t have all winter. I don"t know if that was true, but, we had very few colds. The funniest part of it was that my two rememberingsomer.comsters hated the taste of it and I begged to have the spoon to lick. I loved the taste.