page16_1.jpgWatkins was founded by J.R. Watkins in 1868. That’s over 140 years ago! In 1868, the Civil War had just ended and was a recent memory to everyone at the time. Andrew Johnson was President of the United States taking over from Abraham Lincoln who was recently assassinated. 

A few things that did not exist yet include the telephone, the light bulb, airplanes, and the Suez and Panama Canals. There were just 37 states in the union and they were all in the same time zone since there was only one time zone. General George Custer and Geronimo were still alive and well. And J.R. Watkins was living in Plainview, Minnesota and had a dream, a recipe, and a kitchen where he created Watkins Red Liniment.


Around the turn of the century, Watkins Products were being distributed nation-wide by thousands of Watkins representatives with that brand new invention – the automobile.


During World War 2, 90% of Watkins production capacity was dedicated to the WWII Allied effort. Products included Pure Dried Whole Eggs, Dessert Powder, Gelatin Desserts, Lemon Juice Powder, Orange Beverage Base Powder, Louse Powder, and Insecticide Powder for Body Crawling Insects. 




J.R.’s Watkins Red Liniment launched a company that has created careers for hundreds of thousands of Watkins men and women over the years. In 1869, J.R. Watkins established America’s first Money-Back Guarantee. He put a Trial-Mark on the Liniment Bottles and told customers that they could use the product down to that line and if they didn’t like it, he’d give them their money back.

By 1915 Watkins was the largest direct selling company in the world and had the majority of the spice and extract market for decades.

Now we come to the point of this small history lesson. I hope you’ve made it this far!



Do you remember how wonderful your Grandmother’s cooking was? And your Great Grandmother’s cooking? The traditional home-cooked meal by our ancestors were almost always cooked with Watkins Products, almost exclusively! That, and a pinch of love is what made those old-time traditional home-cooked meals so delicious and wonderful! Our Watkins products are what almost everyone used up until the 1950’s and 60’s. When people think fondly back at all those wonderful meals, Grandma’s wonderful cookies, Great Aunt Mabel’s amazing roast – They are thinking fondly of how wonderful Watkins products are!


If you’ve never used Watkins products, you will be amazed at how special Watkins Products really are once you use them! Why do you think so many great people are involved with Watkins? Not just the wonderful income opportunity and the great products – but also the great family values and traditions that are synonymous with Watkins. 



Watkins is no longer a horse and buggy type business. In our home-based business, we do 90% of our work over the Internet or phone working from home.

Watkins Products are being rediscovered by the buying public and we need more associates to help serve these new customers and create new ones!
Join the Watkins family and be part of a century old tradition< which has redefined itself into a high-tech, 21st century business opportunity for you. 




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