10 Things You Didn't Know About J&J
A Peek Inside One of Our Offices in the Mid-1940s
1. The Company started on the fourth floor of an old wallpaper factory.
2. In the Nineteen-teens, before air conditioning, Johnson & Johnson had a swimming pool for employees – at work! -- so they could cool off in the summer heat.
3. When he was younger, Robert Wood Johnson the first was known to wear a stovepipe hat. (We don’t have a picture of him wearing the hat in our archives, unfortunately.)
4. Barry Manilow wrote the “I Am Stuck on BAND-AID® Brand…” jingle.
5. John Travolta, Terri Garr and Brooke Shields all appeared in BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage commercials before they became famous.
6. During World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr came to Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick for a war bonds rally. She wasn’t just a pretty face; she invented a technology that made modern wireless communication possible.
7. We used to make duct tape. Permacel, the company that invented duct tape, was a part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies until 1982.
8. One of our most recently acquired consumer products, the medicated plasters did in 1887 – it delivers pain relief directly through the skin.
9. One of the founders of Johnson & Johnson (Robert Wood Johnson), the founder of DePuy, Inc., and one of the founders of our McNeil franchise all started out working as clerks in retail pharmacies.
10. We used to own a company that made sausage casings, which evolved from research into the possibility of developing collagen as an absorbable suture product. Collagen never panned out as suture material, but Devro, the company that resulted from that research, is still going strong. It was part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies until 1991, when its management bought it out and spun it off.
11. Okay, 11 things. Here’s one more as a bonus. We made a tooth-whitening tooth cream in 1887.