We’re quick to apply an adhesive bandage to minor wounds, but have you ever wondered who invented these handy little medical devices? Before 1920, the only way to dress a minor wound was with a bulky gauze bandage secured with tape, and that made for a bulky bandage that restricted movement. A cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson and his accident-prone wife were about to change that forever!
Josephine Dickson regularly sustained minor cuts and burns while doing housework. To help her, her husband, Earle Dickson, made some ready-to-use bandages by spacing squares of gauze covered with crinoline fabric on a strip of adhesive tape. He told his boss about his clever little plan, and by 1924, Johnson & Johnson introduced the Band-Aid® Brand Adhesive Bandage. Dickson’s innovativeness didn’t go unrewarded; he became Vice President of the company and remained in this position until he retired.