Forhan's Toothpaste


Richard Joseph Forhan (1866-1965) was a graduate of the Denver School of Dentistry who practiced in Denver for 18 years. Moving to New York in 1913, Forhan began manufacturing a dentifrice under his own name. Zonite bought Forhan’s firm in 1929, and moved it to New Brunswick soon thereafter. Obituaries noted that Forhan “Made Fortune in ‘20s With Toothpaste He Developed.” The labels on this metal container read IN PART “FORHAN’S / Tooth Paste” while those on the cardboard box indicate that the product was made by Zoonite in New Brunswick, N.J.

Ref: “RICHARD FORHAN, DENTIST, IS DEAD,” New York Times (Dec. 26, 1965), p. 68.

Maker: Zonite Products Corporation. Forhan Division

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, New Brunswick

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, Beauty and Hygiene Products: Oral Care, Beauty and Health


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Credit Line: Gift of Robert J. Locurto

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0219.042Accession Number: 1981.0219Catalog Number: 1981.0219.042

Object Name: oral hygiene producttoothpasteOther Terms: Tooth Paste; Oral Hygiene; Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Measurements: overall: 4 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 12.065 cm x 3.175 cm x 2.8575 cm


Record Id: nmah_719944

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