Toothbrush with a celluloid handle, and inscriptions that read “ETTS. CHARLES LOONEN / RED CROSS / TRADEMARKED U.S. PAT. OFF.” and “JAPAN. . .CO.” Charles Loonen (1850-1913) was a French brush manufacturer. He established a factory in Osaka, Japan, in 1900. He began using the term “Red Cross” in 1899, and registered it as a U.S. trademark in 1906.

Maker: Loonen, Charles

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Japan

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0165.438Catalog Number: 2012.0165.438Accession Number: 2012.0165

Object Name: oral hygiene producttoothbrushObject Type: toothbrushes

Physical Description: celluloid (product material)Measurements: overall: 3/4 in x 4 5/8 in x 1/2 in; 1.905 cm x 11.7475 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_1450768

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