THE BAND-AID

EARLE DICKSON

WHO WAS THE INVENTOR? WHERE AND WHEN WAS THE INVENTOR BORN?

Earle Dickson was born on October 10, 1892 in Grand View Tennessee. He attended Yale University, from which he graduated in 1913. He married his wife, Josephine Francis Knight Dickson, and had two children. They lived in Highland Park, New Jersey for most of their lives. He created the Band-Aid for his wife who was always hurting her fingers while preparing dinner.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE INVENTOR.

Earle Dickson was a cotton buyer for the Johnson & Johnson Company. After Dickson created the Band-Aid he presented it to his boss, James Johnson, and his boss decided to manufacture "Band-Aids" and sell them to the public. After that Dickson became the vice-president of the Johnson & Johnson Company.

WHY WAS THE INVENTOR A GREAT INVENTOR FOR THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION?

At that time, bandages were made by cutting a piece of gauze, placing it on the sore, then taping the gauze in place. Earle Dickson took a piece of gauze and attached it to the center of a piece of tape. Then he covered the gauze with a piece of cloth called crinoline to keep the tape from sticking to itself. Once you peeled the crinoline off, it would stick to protect the wound.
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WHAT WAS IT USED FOR? HOW DOES IT MAKE LIFE EASIER?

It is used for people who have small cuts and sores. It helps many people heal their cuts, sores, and wounds, so it doesn't get infected.