December 18, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 51

The Fuller Brush Man

A reader recently sent a letter remembering when the Fuller Brush man made calls on the rural homes, as well as towns. Valley County had one from Wolf Point in the 1950s. The Fuller Brush man not only sold brushes but cosmetics, household cleaners, mops, brooms and other such items.

I personally remember several items that I purchased from the Fuller man that I really liked, and have found a couple of those favorite items in some of those little household catalogues that you sometimes see in the mail.

Other brands that come to mind that were sold door to door about the same time were Stanley and Watkins. Does anyone have a favorite product that they faithfully purchased from these salespeople? Watkins, which is still available to us from local people, brings lots of memories, so if anyone has some to share we could do a whole article on these early day door-to-door products.

Gwen welcomes your memories at 367-5582.

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