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Johnson & Johnson Making History in the 8’s

I have been learning a lot about the amazing history of Johnson & Johnson recently. While I have always expressed that Johnson & Johnson has been a trusted brand in my family, that loyalty was based on the generations before me using their products. Now that I am learning more about how much of an impact Johnson & Johnson had in moving our country forward in health care and equality, I realize that the brand loyalty that was started generations ago probably had little to do with how great their baby wash smelled.

Milestones during Years that end in 8!

Johnson & Johnson seems to have a unique connection with the number 8 because huge milestones have kept them busy during years that end in 8, starting way back in 1888, when Johnson & Johnson created the first commercial First Aid Kit. Today we can’t imagine a life raising little boys without a First Aid Kit handy, however this was a historic moment back in the 1800s, and within that same year Johnson & Johnson published Modern Methods of Antiseptic Wound Treatment, which provided training for medical professionals who were learning how to handle the newly mass-produced sterile surgery products.

Johnson and Johnson innovations

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Ten years later in 1898, Johnson & Johnson put the first mass-produced dental floss on the market. This provided people with an affordable way to take better care of their teeth and was created out of leftover suture silk.

After the turn of the century, another year ending 8 came and along with it came Johnson and Johnson making history in a new way. In 1908, a time when women did not have the right to vote yet, Edith von Kuster was hired as Johnson & Johnson’s first female scientist! During that same year, Johnson & Johnson was clearly at the forefront of women in the workplace because they also had women working as supervisors in eight out of the company’s 36 departments.

Johnson & Johnson Epidemic Mask

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Next in 1918 as the deadly influenza epidemic hit, Johnson and Johnson began making influenza mass to help people protect themselves. It has been 100 years since these masks were created, and I am sure they have been redesigned in certain ways many times, however, as a mom who is in the hospital frequently with a little girl who gets pneumonia more than a common cold, I can’t say how important these masks have been to my family.

Johnson & Johnson Hospital Pediatric

Pedi Oxygen Johnson & Johnson

There is certainly a pattern to these historic moments and it has continued on, in 1998 Dermabond® Topical Skin Adhesive®, the first alternative to sutures, staples and skin strips to seal skin was approved as the first FDA-cleared topical skin adhesive in the United States.

Johnson & Johnson Hospital Pediatric Dehydration

The history-making milestones that Johnson & Johnson has made throughout the years are certainly incredible, and have led the way to the healthcare we have available today. I can’t wait to see what comes from them in the future.
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11 Comments on Johnson & Johnson Making History in the 8’s

  1. Stacie
    June 27, 2018 at 8:07 pm (4 months ago)

    Oh wow! I knew Johnson and Johnson has been making medical products since forever. I didn’t know they were responsible for so many other things, though.

  2. Emily
    June 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm (4 months ago)

    I have no clue about all of this with Johnson & Johnson! It has always been a brand of products I trust with my kids from the time they were babies, it is amazing to see all that they have accomplished!

  3. Reesa Lewandowski
    June 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm (4 months ago)

    J&J is big here in NJ, they employ a lot of ppl. They have done so many amazing things for health and women and it was really cool to read this!

  4. Leah
    June 28, 2018 at 12:50 am (4 months ago)

    This is very interesting. I like knowing the history of things!!

  5. Joely Smith
    June 28, 2018 at 2:56 am (4 months ago)

    I think it is so cool that they hired the first female scientist! The 8’s thing is really interesting too! So glad that they have helped protect your family!

  6. Heather
    June 28, 2018 at 1:04 pm (4 months ago)

    Wow, I knew that Johnson and Johnson was a trusted brand, but I had no idea of its elaborate history. It’s also very interesting that the number 8 is significant in their history. My birthday is August 8th. The eighth day of the eighth month, so I am partial to that number.

  7. Esther Irish
    June 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm (4 months ago)

    Interesting! Johnson and Johnson has been a trusted brand a long time.

  8. Dina Demarest
    June 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm (4 months ago)

    My kids are teens and we still use J&J Baby lotion to this day. We love the way it smells and feels.

  9. Sara Welch
    June 29, 2018 at 3:41 am (4 months ago)

    It is incredible what some companies have been able to do. They really helped shape modern medical practices.

  10. Kita Bryant
    June 29, 2018 at 3:42 am (4 months ago)

    They have proven to be an amazing company. Good for them; I love this brand.

  11. rika
    June 29, 2018 at 5:31 am (4 months ago)

    Very interesting history! My family has been using Johnson & Johnson products for years! I love the baby oil!

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