The Fuller Brush Man

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An unexpected ring of the doorbell is unlikely these days: a housewife would be reluctant to ,welcome in a stranger. Now a representative’s visit is usually preceded by a telephone call, setting up the time at which he or she will come around with the catalog and gift. The product line has expanded far beyond Alfred Fuller’s twist of wire and tuft of bristles, but it is still for the most part only available through Fuller representatives. There is Fuller cutlery, Fuller door locks, Fuller kitchen utensils (they prefer to call them “time and work savers”), as well as the cleaning products and toiletries they’ve been selling for years. Some of the original line is no longer in much demand. There aren’t many calls for brushes to scour out the chimneys of kerosene lamps any more. And hardly anyone is looking for a brush to clean a derby.