Category Archives: Iconic Products


Les Paul and LISTERINE®

Margaret on October 8th, 2009 at 3:16PM

When people think of LISTERINE® Antiseptic, probably the last thing they think about is electric guitars.  But they should, because LISTERINE®  and the electric guitar go back more than half a century together.  What was the connection?  It was through Les … Continue reading


The Spirit of New Brunswick

Margaret on August 21st, 2009 at 3:29PM

Since August is vacation time, this post was inspired by a Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employee who sent me these photos from her vacation: Look What’s In the Smithsonian! The photos are from her trip to the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading


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 1894? 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

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