Who founded the Colgate toothpaste company and when was its first toothpaste introduced?
William Colgate starts a starch, soap and candle business on Dutch Street in New York City.
First Colgate advertisement appears in a New York newspaper.
Colgate establishes a starch factory in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The Chinese are believed to have invented the first natural bristle toothbrush made from the bristles from pigs' necks in the 15th century, with the bristles attached to a bone or bamboo handle. When it was brought from China to Europe, this design was adapted and often used softer horsehairs which many Europeans preferred. Other designs in Europe used feathers.
The first toothbrush of a more modern design was made by William Addis in England around 1780 the handle was carved from cattle bone and the brush portion was still made from swine bristles. In 1844, the first 3-row bristle brush was designed.
Natural bristles were the only source of brist ...more