Neil Tillotson was born in Canaan, Vermont back in 1898. Sorry that is about all I have on him until the 1920’s. He was working for the Hood Rubber Company and lost his job due to the result of the Great Depression. In 1931, he founded the Tillotson Rubber Company and as they say the rest is history.
After he lost his job out of boredom and desperation he took some latex balloons hand-painted them in the shape of a cat’s head. In 1931, despite the depression Tillotson Rubber made 85,000.00 in sales which is equivalent to 1.2 million in today’s economy. His company invented a high-speed latex dipping machine that is still in use today making latex examination gloves that fit either hand.
In 1954, he moved to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire where over the next 40 years he was the first voter in every American presidential primary to cast his vote. He died in 2001 at a young 102.
Until tomorrow please reach out and give someone the gift of a smile. I promise it won’t hurt.