Alfred Carl Fuller
January 13, 1885
|Died||December 4, 1973 (aged 88)|
|Resting place||Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Somerset, Nova Scotia,|
|Known for||Founder of Fuller Brush Company|
Alfred Carl Fuller (January 13, 1885 – December 4, 1973) was a Canada-born American businessman. He was the original "Fuller Brush Man."
Fuller was born on an Annapolis Valley farm in Welsford, Kings County, Nova Scotia. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1903 at the age of 18 to live with his sister. He went to work for the Somerville Brush and Mop Company, and became a successful salesman for them. In 1906, with a $75.00 investment, he started the Fuller Brush Company in Hartford, Connecticut, selling brushes door to door. By 1919, the company had achieved sales of more than $1 million per year.
Fuller Brush went on to be recognized throughout North America, even inspiring two comedy films, The Fuller Brush Man (1948) and The Fuller Brush Girl (1950). In 1961 Fuller recorded the secrets to his success on Folkways Records on an album entitled, Careers in Selling: An Interview with Alfred C. Fuller. The company remained in the Fuller family's hands until 1968, when it was acquired by Sara Lee Corporation.
Fuller divorced his wife Evelyn in 1930. Fuller maintained a lifelong connection with his native Nova Scotia, buying a home in Yarmouth, where he and his family spent their summers. In 1996, his widow (who had been born in Yarmouth) donated the house, at 20 Collins Street, to the Yarmouth County Museum where it has been restored and is open to the public.
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