Forhan's Toothpaste, 3 18 Oz

Forhan's Toothpaste, 3 1/8 Oz

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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.” Inscriptions on this tube read “FORHAN’S / Tooth Paste” with indications 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
oral hygiene product
Other Terms
Toothpaste; ?; Oral Hygiene; Drugs
date made
ca 1953
Reid Drugstore
Zonite Products Corporation. Forhan Division
place made
United States: New Jersey, New Brunswick
overall: 1 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.4925 cm x 15.875 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche E. Reid
Dental Products
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Oral Care
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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