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Listerine History
Jordan Wheat Lambert (the Lambert in Warner-Lambert) began pursuing his dream of developing a safe and effective antibacterial formula. One of Lambert's contemporaries, Dr. Joseph Lawrence, was among the many researchers experimenting with antiseptics in the wake of findings by such prominent scientists as Louis Pasteur and Dr. Joseph Lister.

When Jordan Wheat Lambert developed the original, amber-colored Listerine in 1879, it was designed as a disinfectant for surgical procedures.

1881, Jordan Wheat Lambert forms Lambert Pharmaceutical Company to market LISTERINE.


He named his product Listerine® after Dr. Lister. Lawrence later sold the rights to his invention to Lambert, who turned it into a popular consumer product in 1884.

By 1895 He discovered that Listerine also killed germs in the mouth. That same year, they began selling it to dentists, paving the way for a flood of other brands.

Listerine’s maker, Warner-Lambert, merged with Pfizer in June of 2000. In 2001, the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare division – its mouthwash division – saw a 4 percent increase in sales, to $2.4 billion. Listerine is its largest product line.

Corker, Clear to Amethyst glass, bottles are fairly common. They range in price from $1.00 to $2.00. Description: LISTERINE near shoulder, at bottom "Lambert Pharmacal Co." in two lines. Known in three sizes.

Unusual Listerine unearthed
probably a special edition from a travel set, found by Ms Eileen Hochstein.

The front reads: LISTERINE (in an art deco style font). This is over 3 arcs

The back reads: FOR BOUDOIR AND TRAVEL

The bottom reads: LAMBERT PHARMACAL CO. ST. LOUIS, MO. 2 MADE IN U.S.A. 7 OZ.

The body is a yellow glass while the base is clear glass

A fair starting price is around $50

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