This is because they are “richly medicated.” And also they are refreshing. And while you are being both medicated and refreshed, that little green cough drop will be doing three, count ‘em, three Important Things for you:
1. That stuffy nose you have will clear up right away – and that, by the way, is not a symptom of a cold. It is because you seem to have a long-necked white swan nesting in your gullet. That’s a little strange.
2. Raspy cough? Hey, not a problem. These are cough drops after all. That’s the point of them. But the guy there in the middle picture seems to have swallowed his cough drop. Don’t do that! The swan down in your throat doesn’t have a cough, does he? But he does have red dots all over him. Could be chicken pox. Or swan pox (best not to dwell on all that, of course, it won’t make you feel any better). Oh, just send a cough drop down, it’ll probably cure that, too.
3. And finally, Smith Brothers cough drops take away your bad breath. See, the picture on the right is a dramatization of this. Sort of. Because the lady does not look convinced. Either that or she doesn’t like the scent of chlorophyll all that much. The guy is really into it though – look at him. He’s really happy. Guess the swan is feeling better now.
[From Life, September 29, 1952, giant version here.]