Alfred C. Fuller

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 13th, 1885 (Welsford, Kings, Nova Scotia), Died December 4th, 1973 (Hartford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-42990 12-in. 9/26/1928 The Fuller Brush Co. Alfred C. Fuller Speech speaker  
Victor CVE-42991 12-in. 9/26/1928 The Fuller Brush Co. Alfred C. Fuller Speech speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Fuller, Alfred C.," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115573.

Fuller, Alfred C.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115573.

"Fuller, Alfred C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115573

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