When it comes to our products out there, a few of them are now know as their Brand Names.

Confused keep reading to find out what I'm talking about.

  • Band-Aid

    Adhesive Bandages

    When you cut yourself  or scrape your knee, do you say "go get me an adhesive bandage"?  My guess is no.  I'm guessing you say, "go get me a band-aid."

    Earle Dickinson, an employee at Johnson & Johnson, invented the Band-Aid in 1920 after his wife kept cutting herself while cooking.

  • Q-tip

    cotton swab

    Most people don't say cotton swab when they are needing to clean their ears.  Most people use Q-Tip for any form of the cotton swab.

    Leo Gerstenzang invented the cotton swab in the 1920's and named the "Baby Gay." However, over the years they just became know as the brand name Q-tips.

  • Zipper

    Hookless Fastener

    You don't tell your child to zip their hookless fastener do you?  You tell them to zip up their zipper, or the zipper is broken, or my zipper is stuck.

    Several people contributed to the hookless fastener, but it seemed none stepped up to patent the device, so lots of people claim to have created the hookless fastener.  However all contributed to what the zipper is today.

    Elias Howe- Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure -1851

    Whitcomb L. Judson - Clasp Locker -1893

    Gideon Sundback -1913

    It was the B. F. Goodrich Company that started calling it the zipper in 1923.

  • Asprin

    acetylsalicylic acid

    Bayer patented Asprin in 1917.  Although it is known throughout the world as asprin.  Bayer still holds the trademark for Asprin.

  • Kleenex

    Kleenex is the term most of us use for a facial tissue.  You pick up a box of Kleenex at the store, even though you probably buy the generic version.

    Kimberly-Clark Corporation created the first facial tissue in the western part of the world in 1924 and also patented it.

    A form of tissue has been used in Japan since the 17th century.

  • Ziploc

    zipper storage bags

    Most people refer to zipper storage bags as ziploc bags.  "I'll just put the leftovers in a ziploc and send them home with you."

    Robert W. Vergobbi was the first to patent the zipper storage bags in 1954.

    It was in 1968 that the Dow Chemical Company started marketing the bags as Ziploc and it has stuck!