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Herbert F. Johnson

Johnson Wax Company

1928 - 1966

Personal Care & Home Products

1920 b. 1900
UndergraduateCornell University
Born-Died1900 - 1978
BirthplaceWisconsin (WI)
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1920

Johnson built his company through extensive advertising (it was the first to establish company sponsorship of a radio show), and in many ways, changed the way Americans lived. He introduced such diverse household products as: “Raid”- the first bug killer that could be used indoors and outdoors (1956), “Off”- the first aerosol insect repellent (1957) and “Glade”- the first aerosol air freshener (1961). He was also renowned as a pioneer in labor relations.