Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Invention Of The Band Aid

Welcome back my fellow learners, today's topic is the much taken for granted band aid, and how it was first thought of.

It was back in 1920 in New Jersey, that the band aid was first born. A young husband known as Earle Dickson was so tired of seeing his beloved wife Josephine covered in cuts on her hand, and using pieces of fabric to cover the wounds up that he came up with the idea of the first band aid. As much as Josephine was a keen house wife and home maker, she wasn't exactly the best cook, and the most careful when it came to knives and any sharp instrument to be truthful. As any newly wed husband, Earle came up with the idea of putting cotton on a piece of adhesive strip and fixing it using crinoline (which is coarsely woven thin cotton fabric). Then whenever his beloved Josephine has a small accident, and needed a bandage, she could just cut a piece off and fix it onto the cut or nick quickly.

Earle Dickson then was employed by a large manufacturer of health items, or commonly known to us even today as, Johnson & Johnson. So he decided to put forth his idea to his bosses, who then marketed them in pre- cut strips, branding them as Band Aids. It took many years for Johnson & Johnson to perfect the mass production of sterile Band Aids to what it is today. Band Aid is even now still a registered product for Johnson & Johnson, and most of the world knows them today as plain old sticking plasters or just plasters.

So there you have it my lovelies, next time you reach for the band aids just remember where they originally came from.

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