Anyone who has ever cut themselves before reaches into the medicine cabinet and pulls out an adhesive bandage known as Band-Aids. Johnson & Johnson is the manufacturer of these injury coverings but what most people don’t know is that neither the company nor the company president created the small bandages or Band-Aids.
There once was a young man named Earle Dickson who was an employee for Johnson & Johnson back in the 1920’s. The love of his life seemed to be accident-prone and while working in her kitchen always wound up with small minor cuts.
At this time the company only produced large surgical dressings. Those large surgical dressings are what gave Johnson & Johnson their start and fame as well as providing them towards the road of fortune.
Anyway, Mr. Dickson cared very much for his wife and nursed her small injuries himself. He took the large surgical dressings and cut the gauze to the size needed to cover his wife’s cuts and used adhesive tape to keep them in place.
After some time this process got old, so Mr. Dickson found a way to reproduce them so he wouldn’t have to make them on demand. He was able to produce a quantity by attaching some clinging fabric that was temporary over the sticky adhesive strips.
Then one day James Johnson, the president of Johnson & Johnson heard about Earle Dickson’s technique and asked to be given a demonstration of how they were made.
Of course Earle complied with the request and the rest is history. Johnson & Johnson started to manufacture these small wound coverings and Band-Aids were born. Today they can be found in drug stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, dollar stores and at gas station stores everywhere in all sorts of sizes, shapes, colors and materials for use by anyone who is unfortunate enough to cut themselves or have been cut by something. They provide the necessary covering to keep the wound clean giving the area time to heal itself more quickly.
And that; is the surprising story of the birth of the small bandage now known as Band-Aids!
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