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Monday, 6 February 2012


In 1920 Earle Dickson, an employee of Johnson & Johnson developed the Band-Aid adhesive bandage for his clumsy, accident-prone wife, Josephine. Johnson & Johnson had been for many years manufacturing large dressings, which remained sterile in germ-resistant packaging until opened. Dickson attached small pieces of these to the center of strips of surgical tape to bandage his wife’s wounds. When the management heard of Dickson’s home-made, easy to apply, handy sized bandages, they decided to manufacture them themselves.

The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. The user made their own bandage by cutting off as much as they needed.

Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages first appeared on the market in 1921, however, the little red string that is used to open the package did not get added until 1940.

You can rip off a Band-Aid painlessly by using a blow-dryer to blow warm air on it for a few seconds, then peeling it off.

There are blue Band-Aids with metal in them so they can be detected by metal detectors in food processing factories.

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