Category Archives: Early Products


Five Cool Things from the Johnson & Johnson Archives!

Margaret on December 14th, 2015 at 5:27PM

  An historic key from the days of our founders. A one of a kind First Aid Kit with a one of a kind story. A Hollywood movie star from the 1920s demonstrating one of our heritage consumer products. It … Continue reading

This week is #MuseumWeek, a global celebration of museums on Twitter. Johnson & Johnson is proud to participate in Museum Week this year for the first time, and we’ve been sharing some of our museum secrets, favorites, iconic products, and … Continue reading

This week, as part of United Nations General Assembly Week in New York, Johnson & Johnson is participating in discussions about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and the Company’s progress in its five year commitment to goals four, five and … Continue reading


More Cool Things from Our Museum Call for Artifacts!

Margaret on June 17th, 2014 at 5:34PM

  Our public call for artifacts for our Museum restoration is a few weeks old and, so far, Kilmer House readers have seen two of the coolest items – a Zonweiss clock and a Lister’s Fumigator – that have come … Continue reading

First Aid Kits are so central a part of modern life that it’s hard to imagine a time in which they didn’t exist.  But before Johnson & Johnson began making the first commercial first aid kits in 1888, people were … Continue reading

It’s as iconic and familiar as a Coca-Cola bottle, Levi’s jeans or, well, JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder.  From the Jazz Age to the 1990s, it was in virtually every American household and in many households around the world.  After people finished … Continue reading

A recent column commemorating Sir Joseph Lister’s April 5th birthday opened with this startling statement:  “Joseph Lister, who was born this week (April 5) in 1827, was an amazing physician but a poor salesman.”  [“Lister’s Life Saving Discovery, by Bruce … Continue reading


A Study in Cotton

Margaret on February 13th, 2013 at 5:37PM

Today we take pristine white cotton swabs, cotton balls and sterile cotton dressings for granted, but over 125 years ago it was a very different story.  Cotton in the 1800s was not very useful as a dressing, and you wouldn’t … Continue reading


Ten More Really Cool Things From Our Archives!

Margaret on December 18th, 2012 at 11:36AM

With the month of December, the holiday time is upon us, as is the cold weather.  So, to get everyone into the spirit of the holiday that they celebrate, and in keeping with the cooler temperatures outside, here are ten … Continue reading

Johnson & Johnson has been located in New Brunswick, New Jersey ever since a fortunate train journey brought Company founder James Wood Johnson to the city in January of 1886.  The former wallpaper factory building that Johnson rented met the … Continue reading

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