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  • In a Moment of Vision...

  • It's the 1920s, Johnson and Johnson is well-established for their production of large, cotton gauze dressings

  • that are sterile and sealed against germs,

  • a first of its kind.

  • An employee by the name of Earle Dickson

  • is recently married to a young, rather accident-prone woman.

  • Her domestic cuts and burns are too minor for the company's large surgical dressings

  • so Earle, in a moment of vision,

  • cuts a small square of the sterile gauze and secures it to her finger with an adhesive strip.

  • Earle is forced to make so many of these bandages for his clumsy wife,

  • he devises a method for a small production of them.

  • In order to keep the adhesive part from sticking together,

  • he lines them with a crinoline fabric.

  • Johnson and Johnson begins production of Earle's invention.

  • In a brilliant marketing move,

  • they distribute, for free, an unlimited number of Band-Aids to all the Boy Scout Troops across America.

  • It doesn't take long for them to become a household item.

  • It is estimated that Johnson and Johnson has since made more than 100 billion Band-Aids.

In a Moment of Vision...

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