Ten Cool Things From Our Archives
To help everyone cool down in the end-of-summer heat, Kilmer House brings you ten cool things from our archives. Enjoy!
1. A 1927 price list that belonged to Earle Dickson, inventor of the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage. The pages inside have handwritten notes by Dickson and, yes, his invention is listed, on page 11. Here's the page that was most meaningful to Earle Dickson, with his handwriting.
2. A Zonweiss ad from 1887, the year after Johnson & Johnson was founded. This one shows figures from Ancient Roman mythology discussing the merits of Zonweiss tooth cream, the Company’s first consumer product.
3. Perhaps the earliest ad for JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder, from the 1890s, the decade the product was first introduced.
4. A wire mesh splint designed by Revra DePuy, the founder of our operating company DePuy, Inc. DePuy, Inc., founded in 1895, was the world’s first-ever orthopaedics company. Before Revra DePuy's fitted splints, doctors used the staves from barrels, among other things, to splint broken limbs. This one was designed for an arm.
5. A tin from Seabury & Johnson, Company founder Robert Wood Johnson’s partnership before Johnson & Johnson.
6. Two very old LISTERINE® Antiseptic bottles, circa the very early 1920s. These bottles are small -- only about four inches in height.
7. Fred Kilmer’s analytical balance, which he used in our laboratories starting in 1889.
8. The Johnson & Johnson factory whistle from 1901, when all of the Company’s operations were in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It’s said that the whistle could be heard for miles in the towns surrounding New Brunswick.
9. The Company’s secretary and head of sales A. R. Lewis (L) and scientific director Fred Kilmer (R) getting creative by posing for a medicated plaster ad over 100 years ago.
10. And finally, how did Johnson & Johnson employees stay cool before air conditioning was invented? Fans! Here’s a picture of some of our, well…biggest fans from earlier years.
Does anyone out there collect Johnson & Johnson vintage memorabilia? We’ve shared some of the coolest items in our Company archives. Which one do you think is the coolest? And what cool things do you have in your collections? Let me know!