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Fascinating facts about the invention
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Band-Aid by Earle Dickson in 1920.
BAND-AID®
Josephine Dickson married a man who worked for a company that manufactured gauze and adhesive tape called Johnson & Johnson. We will never know the reason, but it is a fact that Josephine Dickson was accident prone. During the first week that she was married to Earle Dickson, she cut her self twice with the kitchen knife. After that, it just went from bad to worse. It seemed that Josephine was always cutting herself.
BAND-AID Brand Box One day her husband had an idea. He sat down with some tape and gauze and a pair of scissors. Then he cut the tape into strips. In the middle of each strip he stuck a little square of gauze. From then on, whenever Josephine had an accident, ready-made bandages were on hand for her to use quickly and without a lot of fuss. At Johnson & Johnson, they heard about these new bandages that could be put on in thirty seconds.
Soon the company was making them to sell on a small scale. Four years later, in 1924, the company installed machines for mass producing the new product, and the trade name BAND-AID was adopted.

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The BAND-AID Brand
The invention of adhesive bandages from the Johnson & Johnson site. Lots of COOKIES at this site.
(URL: www.bandaid.com/brand_story.shtml)
Invention Dimension-Inventor of the Week
Featured Earle Dickson November, 2000 for his invention of Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages.
(URL: web.mit.edu/invent/iow/dickson.html)
75 Years of BAND-AID
One man's home page devoted to the band-aid. Lot's of photo's.

(URL: www.savetz.com/bandaid/)
Johnson & Johnson Official site
History of the BAND-AID and other fun things to do.
Lots of COOKIES at this site.
(URL: www.jnj.com)

DID YOU KNOW
:

  • When sales took off slower then expected, the company distributed an unlimited number of free BAND-AID to Boy Scout troops across the country.
  • The company estimates that since its introduction, more than 100 billion BAND-AID have been sold worldwide.
  • At the time of Earle Dickson death, in 1961, Johnson & Johnson was selling over $30,000,000 worth of Band-Aids® each year.

 

BAND-AID® is a registered trademark of JOHNSON & JOHNSON.
The RED CROSS Design is a registered trademark of JOHNSON & JOHNSON.
Reference Sources in BOLD Type This page revised February, 2005.
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