How did our ancestors get properly gone on the weekends?
We know they did, throughout history and earlier.
from an 1861 comedy magazine ... "laughing gas"
(nitrous oxide), was used recreationally from 1799 on
hippies have always been with us ... an Adelaide Hanscom 1905
Skip Williamson's cartoon character tries LSD
an 1881 warning about hashish "Wasting of the muscles, sallowness of the skin ... idiotic offspring"
an 1918 description of a mescaline trip experience "On the left wall was pinned by the tail a brown worm of perhaps a hundred feet long"
1909 Hungary opium art
a Richard Estes painting click twice
1890 opium paraphernalia: a lamp and a pipe see full size
an inexpensive 1898 opium den, with a client click twice for full size
in contrast, a pleasure-boat opium room (date unknown) click twice
alcohol is a drug too ... Elihu Vedder art
"Lazy Looey - Sleeping Pills" from a 1945 kids comic book click twice
from a 1947 Little Lulu comic book
euphoria see full size
alcohol against marijuana
LSD ... a Robert Crumb comic
a Willy Murphy comic, 1973?
an Emanuel Schongut paperback book illustration 1970s click twice
"I'm an artist - I can do whatever I want" (eating heroin)
a Rod Filbrandt cartoon
"Drug Habit" a Winsor McCay cartoon