Category Archives: Iconic Products


Duct Tape: Invented Here!

Margaret on August 11th, 2009 at 5:03PM

It’s strong, it’s sticky, it’s in practically every home, and it’s been used to fix almost everything — from airplane wings to houses to chair legs. It has a fanatical following, people even make clothing out of it, and there’s an … Continue reading


JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder

Margaret on February 5th, 2009 at 10:19PM

Have you ever wondered why JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder containers have been square or rectangular in shape since the product was first sold in 1893? Was it because the Company got a good deal on square tins from the local square … Continue reading


How to Use a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage

Margaret on September 10th, 2008 at 3:59PM

I recently spoke with a reader of this blog whose father worked as a salesman for Johnson & Johnson in the early 1920s. He told me that his father was one of the first people to demonstrate a new invention … Continue reading


Doctor Dan the Bandage Man

Margaret on July 22nd, 2008 at 10:45AM

Many people remember Little Golden Books from their childhoods. They’re small, filled with lots of colorful illustrations, and have short, heartwarming stories for young children.  Everybody probably had a favorite Little Golden Book when they were little: The Three Little … Continue reading


Dental Floss

Margaret on March 14th, 2008 at 3:32PM

  Dental floss has been called “the new duct tape” (a product that also has a tie to Johnson & Johnson!) because of its many inventive uses by consumers.  As bizarre as some of these uses may be, the product’s origins … Continue reading


LISTERINE® Antiseptic: A Very Useful Product

Margaret on February 27th, 2008 at 6:19PM

  Johnson & Johnson was founded in 1886.  But this product – our oldest – dates from 1879.    How is that possible?  And what’s more, how did a product that started as a surgical disinfectant end up as a mouthwash? … Continue reading


The Product that Dared Not Speak Its Name

Margaret on February 7th, 2008 at 4:29PM

Since it earliest days, Johnson & Johnson has made products in response to a variety of needs in society.  Some of these products – sterile surgical dressings and sutures, the first First Aid Kits, an antibacterial soap to combat infection, … Continue reading


Art and Advertising

Margaret on November 30th, 2007 at 4:01PM

In the late 1940s, a very well-known American artist had a connection to Johnson & Johnson first aid products.  (And no, it wasn’t because the artist was accident-prone.)  This artist had paintings in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading


James Wood Johnson

Margaret on July 18th, 2007 at 3:59PM

  James Wood Johnson While the outgoing, forceful personality and ideas of Robert Wood Johnson the first were the cornerstones of the early success of Johnson & Johnson, the contributions of his brother James Wood Johnson also helped make the … Continue reading


First Aid

Margaret on May 21st, 2007 at 3:16PM

How did being part owner of a cattle ranch lead one of the founders of Johnson & Johnson to develop the first First Aid kits?  During the 19th century, health care was hazardous at best and very little attention was … Continue reading

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